Mr. Struggan sends his regards.

Regarding Burning Man

Burning Man, 2013
Black Rock City, Nevada
Aug 26 - Sep 2

Nico here. During the last week of July, I received a call from Mr. Struggan, who informed me that I would be traveling on assignment to Burning Man, an annual arts festival in Black Rock City. Mr. Struggan doesn’t travel much anymore these days, but he was very interested in contrasting my experience at the event with his memories of Bohemian Grove. My dust goggles, a keffiyeh, and my camera packed, I set off to what the New York Times recently called an “annual bacchanal in the parched Nevada desert.”

At 68,000 participants, the festival is a huge undertaking that requires strict organization and regulation, despite its roots as a haven for outsiders. Installations and performances straddle between anarchic and DIY to the more organized and institutional. In any case, participants, stripped from connection to the “default world”, create beauty on the Martian landscape.

Burning Man is difficult to explain to the uninitiated, but the photos above present a glimpse of the range of its happenings. The first photo above shows a Burner during happy hour at Bat Country, a camp devoted to the author Hunter S. Thompson and his work. Despite the event actually being on “Hunter S. Tuesday”, at least a dozen Hunters showed up to the camp on Wednesday. The next two photos are of the Lithuania CORE Project, part of a collection of regional effigies that surrounded the Man. The final photo was taken at twilight on the playa, the hazy sky caused both by dust and possibly some smoke from the fires at Yosemite National Park.

I was surprised to see how much of Burning Man’s signature aesthetic is born of necessity. On the barren playa, heat and dust are about the only two forces of nature. Some costumes are for show, but after you’ve camped in the desert for a few days, you can help but start looking a little weird. And if you’re not wearing any glow sticks, you’re likely going to get run over by a bike or yelled at (“darkwad!”). 

I was skeptical of the kind of art that the event could host, but my doubts quickly evaporated in the hot Nevada sun. Burning Man is such a huge immersive, participatory—if you’re doing it right—experience that you are compelled quickly to adapt to the environment and landscape. Black Rock City has a thriving culture as diverse and vibrant as any permanent city, and the range of experiences is not only daunting, but impossible to fully experience. A great cure for FOMO.

But, as some Burners put it, “It’s just a camping trip.”

Mr. Struggan sends his Highest Regards.

Mr. Struggan’s Dog Days of August Playlist

Hello everybody! It’s that time of the month again. Not THAT time of the month; the other time, time for Mr. Struggan’s playlist launch. Don’t be rude. 

This month, we have some sultry sounds selected to get you through the final days of summer. Please enjoy Mr. Struggan’s carefully chosen Dog Days of August Playlist, featuring Wang Chung, Beck, new tracks from JT and Robin Thicke, and much more. 

Mr. Struggan sends his regards. 

(Source: Spotify)

Mr. Struggan’s July Heatwave Playlist

Hello, dear readers, Wilson and Nico here. It’s been a hot month here at the office, and thus Mr. Struggan is pleased to release a heated playlist for your listening pleasure, featuring Hot Hot Heat, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heatwave, new tracks from Jay-Z, Wale, and Queens of the Stone Age, and much more. Keep it cool!

Mr. Struggan sends his regards. 

(Source: Spotify)

Mr. Struggan’s June Moon Playlist

Wilson and Nico here, bringing you some freshly curated tracks for the month of June, and on time, this time. Mr. Struggan hopes you enjoy the following selections from The Drums, Darwin Deez, Van Morrison, Vampire Weekend, and more. 

Mr. Struggan sends his regards. 

(Source: Spotify)

Mr. Struggan’s May(be) Playlist

Hey there, Wilson and Nico here. What’s that? Mr. Struggan forgot to post a playlist for May? Shit, you’re right. Here’s some overt titles from Billy Joel, Dean Martin, Bjork, NERD, and more. 

Mr. Struggan sends his regards. 

(Source: Spotify)

Mr. Struggan’s Foolish April Playlist

Hello, Wilson and Nico here, checking in just under the wire with Mr. Struggan’s Foolish April Playlist. Please enjoy this selection of tracks from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Miles Davis, and more, finely crafted for your listening pleasure. 

Mr. Struggan send his regards. 

(Source: Spotify)

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