The repressive, racist, red-state culture of the Bible-Belt has been invaded by Burners! Apparently, it’s no longer just a west coast phenomenon. The Burner subculture, along with its unique form of totally participatory, commerce-free weekend camping festivals, can now be found even in the darkest corners of the former Confederacy. Within half a decade, events like Transformus, Alchemy, and Euphoria (held this past weekend near Dalton, GA) have brought the culture and philosophy of Burning Man to the part of the country where, arguably, it is most needed. And the people down here really seem to enjoy it!
Hell, I’m a thirty-year-old veteran Disinfonaut, and I still enjoyed it. At least when I was smart enough to get my tickets early … Two out of three of these festivals, all official Burning Man Regional events, each sold out within hours. My friends and I were so bummed out that we couldn’t go, that we decide to throw a couple of Burn events on our own. … Read the rest