Meanwhile, people are suggesting that as long as there are a bunch of people milling around meeting each other and being cool, it'll be as good of an Art Festival as it was when it was an Art Festival, and not a social club with a $400 cover charge.
I can meet interesting people any day of the week in Portland, Eugene, Seattle, San Francisco, London, New Orleans... places with actual sanitation, water and medical facilities.
So...why do it in the Black Rock Desert? 'Cause driving out there in an RV, firing up a generator and crapping the portable toilets cleaned for you twice a day in a city built for you is "radical self-reliance?"
Why do we do this in the desert?
"The Red Baron is smart.. He never spends the whole night dancing and drinking root beer.. "-The WWI Flying Ace