I didn’t read Julia Allison’s timely festival puff piece – loved the comments here! – and have no intention of doing so. I’m a New York Times subscriber, but after Jayson Blair, Judith Miller, and now Donkey, our relationship may be over. One thing’s certain: she will never shut up about this throwaway article and has already posted twice about it on FB. And some of you were wondering about that initial silence!
So …. BIG BIG BIG news! My first New York Times byline was published today, front page of the Styles section, above the fold, about Lightning in a Bottle, the transformational festival I covered for the Times in May.
As simple as the piece may look on first glance, I conducted approximinately 30 interviews, went through literally 7 drafts with my editor over the course of four months, and many, many, many hours of musing over transformational festival culture and how it is dramatically impacting our world.
I’m so proud to show you the final piece: “The Progeny of Burning Man: Transformational festivals emerge as a petri dish for art and culture in America.”
Keep in mind one thing: There is so much more to say about the power and impact of festival culture – this is just the beginning. But thank god the conversation is happening!
Update: Be sure to gift your very own powerful mom with Donkey’s stall filler about spoiled white layabouts transforming the world!
My NYT piece on transformational festivals is #17 on the Most Emailed List!!! Ahhh!!
Come on people, send this to your parents. Especially moms!! Tell them to send it to everyone they know!! Actually, they’ll already do that naturally.
Karen Block Russell, you could send this to 47 people just with your family list alone.