I've recently been reading about the Burning Man Festival (www.burningman.com) held every year in the desert outside Reno. This week-long festival centers around the ritual incineration of a 52-foot-high wooden statue of a standing man, and it draws more than 20,000 visitors to the baking, late-summer Nevada desert. There are no vending machines, lodging facilities, or other human comforts provided. As you might think, this isn't the usual type of convention gathering. But the festival ...

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