I've recently been reading about the Burning Man Festival (www.burningman.com) held every year in the desert outside Reno, Nev. For those who aren't familiar with this week-long festival, it 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. Clearly, this isn't the usual convention ...

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