How about Books that remind you of Burning Man?

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How about Books that remind you of Burning Man?

Postby BlueBirdPoof » Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:27 pm

One that I would throw out there is Pat Murphy's The City Not Long After. Partly because it is about the power of art, partly because of the art pieces she discusses could show up at BRC--I'm thinking especially of the mirror garden and the shoes--not that BRC has such a staircase. Also, it was written in San Francisco (and set there) in the 1980s so I think it has sort of a zeitgeist of that time, that place that connects to the Cacophony society and other things that went into the birth of Burning Man.

And I'd throw in Murphy's friend Lisa Goldstein's A Mask for the General and especially her surrealistic Paris inThe Dream Years for simelar reasons.

But what have you read?
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Postby DE FACTO » Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:12 pm

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Postby Patience » Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:00 pm

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test gives me BM flashbacks (pun unfortunately intended).
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Postby robotland » Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:17 am

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Dune
The Anarchists' Cookbook
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Postby blyslv » Tue Jan 27, 2004 4:21 pm

The Bible
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Postby drowned_saved » Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:43 pm

the idiot years by brad lewis
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Postby technopatra » Wed Jan 28, 2004 4:55 pm

"Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten".
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Postby Patience » Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:47 pm

blyslv wrote:The Bible


Never hear of it. Author?
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Postby sugarlarry » Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:57 pm

Probably "Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It". Check out a review here:

http://contemporarylit.about.com/librar ... 052503.htm
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Postby Isotopia » Sat Jan 31, 2004 5:59 pm

You better hide thos bunny ears Sugarlarry. I'm comin' for them.
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Postby foamin' at the mouth » Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:39 pm

is Pat Murphy's The City Not Long After. Partly because it is about the power of art, partly because of the art pieces she discusses could show up at BRC--I'm thinking especially of the mirror garden and the shoes--not that BRC has such a staircase


It's funny you should mention this book Blue Bird Poof.The book was inspired by work at a SF science and art museum that's now been around about thirty two years. Two of the artist's, who used to work there, that inspired Pat's imagination- in part at least- (her imagination is really her own after all) are local artists. One is Ned Kahn and the other (actually no longer local-I think he's in Germany these days- and orginally from LA) Chico MacMurtrie.

I think she will be pleased when she finds out her book was referenced here (I know her and intend to mention it to her.)

One of the things that struck me when I went to Burning Man-- finally-- this year, was how many of the artworks there were like 'over the top' (in a really good way) versions of things at this same museum. Burningman like the distilled, refined essence of what that museum had been creating over thirty years. But, for me, Gulliver's Travels--the unadultered version--is the closest book to the event experience I've read.

With this years theme, however, which I love, I wonder if it will be more like the end of Bacon's Novum Organum-- where he basically a created list of "Histories" -expalantions for and of things he thought would be figured outover the next 20 or so years after he wrote the Organum......

Here are a just few:
1. History of heavenly bodies; or astronomical history.

2. History of the configuration of the parts of it towards the Earth, and also its parts; or cosmographical history

3. History of comets

4.History of fiery meteors

5.History of lightnings,thunderbolts, thunders and coruscations.

8. History of rainbows

9.history of blue skies, of twilight. of mock suns, of mock moons, of haloes, of the various colors of the sun and moon; and of every variety of aspect of the heavenly bodies caused by the medium.

22.History of flame and burning hot things


46. History of excretions; spittle, urine, sweat, stools, hair of the head,bodily hair, whitlows, nails and the like.

64. History of drugs

76. History of pleasure and pain in general.

124.History of conjurers and circulators.

127 Miscellanious history of various machines, and motions.

128.Miscellanious history of common experiments which have not developed into an art
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Postby BlueBirdPoof » Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:20 am

Foam--
Cool your connection. I've been a fan of Pat Murphy for about 15 years.

I'm not afraid to mention the Exploratorium by name. I get no money from them, and I'm only encouraging people to go because I think that there's a whole lot of neat intereactive art/science (definately a place where the gap is narrow) that has a lot of playaesque elements. I think that burners especially would get something out of it. I've been fanticizing about a BRC version of the tactile dome for months.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/
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Postby alienfry » Thu Feb 12, 2004 1:49 pm

Oh The Places You'll Go
by Dr. Suess

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i completely agree about Gulliver's Travels too. That, and Narcisuss & Goldmund reminds me of who/what a Burner is.
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Postby Bob » Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:03 am

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