Revel With A Cause

For one week in August, I was a citizen of Black Rock City in the Nevada desert. To live there requires no small commitment, for each resident must bring his or her own food, water, shelter, and power, brave blinding dust storms, and risk dehydration--all in the name of art. It's the grounds of the Burning Man festival, a yearly, week-long bacchanal that attracts artists, digerati, geeks, freaks, ravers, and gawkers. This year, some 26,000 attended, at up to $250 a pop (the earlier tickets are bought, the cheaper).

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