Teo del Fuego wrote: but I have to say, I would have been very pissed if he had done that in 2005 when the Man was so esthetically pleasing and the Pavillion Fun House was so sublime
2005 was the last time i was there. the whole trip was sublime. the man was beautiful and the burn was fantastic.
i read the wired article 420 provided a link to earlier in this thread. the guy's not dumb. i don't think he would have tried in 2005 because it would have been too dangerous to others, given there was a deck directly under the man and people were almost always on it.
anyway, thank goodness he didn't do it that year. with katrina going on and the subtle allusions to mardi gras at the man (and on the ticket), it would have come off as considerably more insulting and mean-spirited than it seems to have this year. i've read a fair number of posts that suggest it wasn't a traumatic ordeal and was even enjoyed by some.
interestingly, there were two bits of bm news that made the national news. had the man not burned prematurely at the hands of an arsonist (which really does seem kind of funny), there would have been one story -that of the suicide. the national news got a chuckle out of the early burn and played it up like it was all part of the quirkiness of being a burner. without his antics, the only story left would have been the really depressing one.
i find it downright.....heartening.......to see that he speaks of america's future and of the american dream in his interview. this puts a whole new twist on the latest theme drama. do you think they read that article before they made the decision? and what if they did? is there a connection?
the plot thickens....