The Man is risen

look-whos-hereThe excitement is thicker than ever, people. The light is beautiful, the Man base … I’m not wanting to blow smoke here, but it’s pretty damn incomparable.

And now, the Man himself has taken his place in the middle of things, right where he belongs.

Can you feel it?

It’s all getting so close.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.

16 thoughts on “The Man is risen

  • Beautiful!!

    I am leaving early to begin my first trip to the man.

    No way I can sleep tonight. Instead, with my eyes closed, I am floating on a calm blue sea of envy, from every person I know who isn’t making this trip.

    Queequeg said: “I look, you look, he looks, we look, ye look, they look.”

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  • YES.
    I can feel it.
    Whether you are going to the playa this year or not,
    you can feel it.
    It’s not on the playa, it’s in your heart.
    I can’t wait to be welcomed home by him.

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  • soooo close! I leave today straight from work! I can’t wait.

    Its never real for me until I cross the border! My friends just got denied entry yesterday and won’t be able to make it out this year :(

    Here’s hoping my border crossing goes more smoothly and I get to see the man in person!

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  • The excitement in the city here is building up to!
    Yes we can feel it!
    Thanks for the updates of evolution of the city, one day I will be there from the start….ARTIVISM 4:20 & lineage

    on another note…do you know where i can post the below:

    Rented a van from enterprise in MAY, sent me an email confirmation,
    called this past sat. to reconfirm, “no problem”,
    they called me monday to say they were overbooked and added by the way we forgot to tell you can’t the the van out of cali, nor can you drive it on unpaved roads!
    the next conversation she said that they weren’t renting vehicles to anyone going to burning man,
    She never asked me and i never said that i was!
    IF ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM: Please email: noenterprise here: noenterprise (at),
    we will be in touch with you mid september-thanks much c u all on the playa!


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  • Thanks to your blogs & pix, I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in over a week. I keep waking up with visions of the playa dancing in my head. Not a bad way to spend the wee hours though!! The anticipation is bigger for me this year for some reason. Hmmm, I wonder what the Man has in store.

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