The Scene That Became Cities


We talk with Caveat Magister about his new book.

Caveat's Book Event:

in Conversation With Shawn Levy

Thursday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St.

Portland, OR 97209

Over 30 years, Burning Man has gone from two families on a San Francisco beach to a global movement in which hundreds of thousands of people around the world create events on every continent. It has been the subject of fawning media profiles, an exhibit in the Smithsonian, and is beloved by tech billionaires and boho counterculturalists alike. But why does it matter? What does it actually have to offer us? The answer, Caveat Magister writes, is simple: Burning Man’s philosophy can help us build better communities in which individuals’ freedom to follow their own authentic passions also brings them together in common purpose. Burning Man is a prototype, and its philosophy is a how-to manual for better communities that offers principles instead of rules. Magister’s The Scene That Became Cities (North Atlantic) introduces readers to the experience of Burning Man; explains why it grew; posits how it could impact fields as diverse as art, economics, and politics; and makes the ideas behind it accessible, actionable, and useful. Magister will be joined in conversation by Shawn Levy, author of The Castle on Sunset and Dolce Vita Confidential.