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  • ISBN 0520260880
  • ISBN13 978-0520260887
  • Language English
  • Author Lee Gilmore
  • Publisher University of California Press; First Edition, Includes DVD edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Pages 256
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  • Subcategory Americas
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Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why “burners” come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.

Theater in a Crowded Fire walks that tightrope with remarkable agility.

Theater in a Crowded Fire walks that tightrope with remarkable agility. ―Ronald L. Grimes, author of Deeply into the Bone. It has stills and video from several Burning Man festivals that Gilmore attended since the late 90s. There are spectacular scenes of the Man burning at the finales, surrounded by thousands of weirdly bedecked celebrants. But and maybe more to the point, we see interviews with several participants, where they discuss their involvements with the festival. A key point that emerges is how there seems to be a disdain for saying that Burning Man is a religious event.

Theater in a Crowded Fire. June 25, 2010 By Lee Gilmore. As the Burning Blog’s occasional religion and spirituality blogger, I would be remiss if I failed to mention a couple recent posts about Burning Man on other blogs and online mags. However, in this case, I must admit that my task also falls into the category of (cough) blatant self promotion, as I am the author of the interview and guest post in questions (and, coughs again, the book+dvd that inspired them).

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Theater in a Crowded Fire - Lee Gilmore. The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the General Endowment Fund of the University of California Press Foundation. Theater in a. Crowded Fire. Ritual and Spirituality. at Burning Man. Lee Gilmore. University of california press. Berkeley · Los Angeles · London.

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Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0-520-26088-7. Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man by Lee Gilmore. Do you want to read the rest of this preprint? Request file. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why burners come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Our friend Lee Gilmore takes an ethnographic look at the Burning Man phenomenon in her new book and DVD . A daily dose of unique art, culture and technology. Theater In A Crowded Fire, Ritual And Spirituality at Burning Man. by Scott Beale on June 2, 2010.

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The ritual aspects of Burning Man, however, have wholly evolved in the context of artistic endeavor, and their significance, as with any work of art, is explicitly left open to interpretation. Participants in Burning Man tend to be highly educated, often work in the professions, and are likely to be more familiar with the writings of Debord, Baudrillard, and other postmodern intellectuals than with the works of Edgar Cayce. Lee Gilmore is the author of a couple of books about Burning Man and a contributor to the official blog. She is a Burner from way back – 1996. One of Lee’s books, Theater in a Crowded Fire explores the ritualistic and spiritual side of Burning Man.

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Dianaghma
Excellent book on the many varieties of experience at Burning Man.
Hucama
Im almost done with it, but so far so good! I went to BM in 2014 and plan to go this year. The book tries to relate the habitual behavior that drives people to this event. I personally felt that I could be more of myself in this world versus the default world, and perhaps that's the main drive that continues to bring people.
IWAS
This is a very well-written book. I am using it for a class I am teaching on New Religious Movements, and I highly recommend it for classroom use. The DVD is an added bonus. Well worth your time.
Framokay
The text isn't in my field of interest, but the book arrived in excellent condition. I highly recommend this seller :D
Monam
I heard the author at a talk last night at the University of Southern California, where she described her book and showed excerpts from its DVD. The talk also included a discussion with Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man. To the extent that she covered her book, then this review is of that book.

Some readers may want to first view the DVD. It has stills and video from several Burning Man festivals that Gilmore attended since the late 90s. There are spectacular scenes of the Man burning at the finales, surrounded by thousands of weirdly bedecked celebrants. But and maybe more to the point, we see interviews with several participants, where they discuss their involvements with the festival.

A key point that emerges is how there seems to be a disdain for saying that Burning Man is a religious event. The word simply seems to have too many connotations or cultural baggage askew with their beliefs. In part perhaps since some might be atheists or agnostics, though keep in mind that at least in the videos, few explicitly describe their faiths. Instead, the preferred term seems to be spiritual. Gilmore also made this point repeatedly in her talk. While Harvey tended to take a punt on the topic.

The DVD also shows parodies in theme camps or skits of established faiths. Though one touching event of recent festivals appears to have been a memorial site to the dead. Where people could leave notes or artwork dedicated to the departed. This was missing in the festivals I attended in the 90s and seems to be a nice innovation that touched a chord in many recent attendees.

One aspect or ethos of the festival was discussed, that I somewhat disagreed with. This concerned the gift giving idea. Harvey espoused on it in the talk, and I am guessing that the text also delves into this. But as a member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, that put on several theme camps in the 90s, I can say that none of us ever seemed to partake of this idea. It wasn't even that we were opposed to it. It simply never came up in our interactions with the festival. Which is not necessarily to say that Harvey or Gilmore were wrong. But that the festival meant different things to different participants.
Thohelm
I read and resourced this book for a final research paper I did in an Anthropology of Adventure themed anthro writing course in my undergrad. It was very insightful in regards to the spectacular number of viewpoints, behaviors, and infrastructures that comprise the festival, and just how such variety actually disconnects Burning Man from the utopia that many representatives seem to believe it strives for (where, ironically, many do not). It sounds like a marvelous experience, and he documents it well to show for that, but the illusion that it is changing the world is also shattered: it is non-specific and cathartic rules-off tourism of Others in a temporary autonomous zone like an ephemeral anarchic city, rather than a disciplined pilgrimage of learning or faith, or even a semblance of future-perfect reality (not even democracy rules there - it is, ironically, corporately organized). And, like any city, one can find anything they seek in it.
Ienekan
The great title (and nice cover art) pulled me in ~ Alas!
Basically a 10 page essay fluffed up to 200 pages. The repetition of the same 2.25 ideas/insights, re-stated in very slightly different ways over and over, exposes the lack of content. And the thesis-draft style made it a chore to slog through.
Even though it may not directly identify them as "ritual/spiritual", any other book on Burning Man will probably tell you more about these focal aspects of Burning Man than this book.

For a basic historical perspective I'd recommend "This Is Burning Man" by Brian Doherty.
For more serious academic perspectives: "AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Man (Counterculture", a book of essays which is edited by the author of this book along with Mark Van Proyen.