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The Endless Rules of Burning Man

If you love bureaucracy, Black Rock City is the alternative desert utopia for you.
The Temple, one of the central (temporary) landmarks of Burning Man's Black Rock City.
The Temple, one of the central (temporary) landmarks of Burning Man's Black Rock City. Christine Grillo

Last year, I appeared at the gates of Burning Man aboard a 24-foot-truck loaded with enough gear to keep a dozen people alive in the desert for a week. My campmates and I were greeted by a lissome young woman wearing pasties and leather booty shorts, who commanded us to open our truck for inspection. This would turn out to be the first of a great many interactions with one of the famed counterculture event’s lesser-known signature features: its relentless bureaucracy.

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