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Reason Writers Around the Internet: Brian Doherty's This is Burning Man Declared Number 4 "Book of the New Edge" by Huffington Post

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Jonathan Talet Phillips, author of The Electric Jesus and co-founder of Evolver.net names the "Top 10 Books of the New Edge" at Huffington Post and names my This is Burning Man as number 4.  

This Is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground

"Books of the New Edge," Phillips writes, are those:  

Featuring a brutally honest look at the shadow aspects of the Self, and society at large, these books—while often focused on healing—are not fluffy New Age "Celestine Prophecy" reads nor "The 7 Laws of Spiritual Materialism." They are harder to define, hosting a multidimensional mix of spiritual awakening, new media activism, visionary art, punk attitude, permaculture principles, Burning Man aesthetic and Occupy ideologies.

As if exploring some quantum physics conundrum, they fuse the world of observer and observed, where the researcher flies third-eye-first into the mystical fields they are investigating.

And This is Burning Man, Phillips writes:

gives Burning Man aficionados exactly what they are looking for—the myth behind America's most creatively extravagant festival. Tracing the event from its humble origins with a few dozen onlookers at San Francisco's Baker Beach to its five-square-mile explosion of radical self-expression in the Nevada desert. One early scene (before the festival instigated a number of guidelines) has co-founder John Law racing his rental car across the desert flats, "flying on mushrooms," drinking wine and having sex with his girlfriend while shooting guns out the window at teddy-bear targets. Hedonistic, yes, but also the stuff of legends.

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  1. Now, for the trifecta, pimp Radicals For Capitalism.

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    1. I like it best when you’re comment are irrelavant anon-bot.

      1. He had one the other day in an article about Kim Dotcom that said he needed to lay off the pizza. It was pretty spooky.

  4. I’ll take Things That Make Me Yawn for a hundred Alex.

  5. My dad, a Lutheran minister and post-modernity scholar, prepped for Burning Man with this book. He’s still alive, so thank you, Brian.

  6. “Books of the New Edge,” Phillips writes, are those:

    Featuring a brutally honest look at the shadow aspects of the Self, and society at large, these books — while often focused on healing — are not fluffy New Age “Celestine Prophecy” reads nor “The 7 Laws of Spiritual Materialism.” They are harder to define, hosting a multidimensional mix of spiritual awakening, new media activism, visionary art, punk attitude, permaculture principles, Burning Man aesthetic and Occupy ideologies.

    Yeah no. Using the top ten list as a guide, “Books of the New Edge” are books that project DEEP MEANING onto the basest experiences induced by powerful psychedelic drugs, with a leftist-elitist touting of the obscure ayahuasca, plus the Economics of OWS, plus Brian’s book. Probably because it has drugs in it.

    1. So, pretty much “a bunch of college kids sitting around stoned and drunk talking about the meaning of [insert name of trendy art fuck book].”

      Except for Brian’s book, which I DIDN’T get when I donated to Reason, but will now.

  7. And congratulations on the love, Mr. Doherty! Hope the book continues to sell well for you.

  8. Schaweeeet!

  9. (before the festival instigated a number of guidelines)

    And so begins the inevitable descent into banality, with the coinciding rise in popularity.

    1. Oh trust me, there is nothing more amusing that hanging with the old guard of Burning Man and listening to them wax nostaligic. Just don’t do it sober.

  10. Juris may be correct the FIRST time. After that, you’ll start to find a lot of things more amusing.

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