Victoria, Australia (CN) – Australia’s sole academic journal concerned with cultural issues and stuff, Meanjin, recently published an article about Burning Man that has breathed new life into the slowly dying desert event.
The author of the article makes several controversial claims about Burning Man such as:
“I worried about the penises…”
“Burning Man began in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco…”
“…bizarre goat-slapping ceremonies involving ridiculous paper-mache goats…” [Editors Note: Fact -There was no paper-mache, that goat was made of asbestos and transcendence.]
Founded by makers of fine cold Australian brew, VB, Meanjin has been published off and on more or less quarterly since 2009. Since the issue was published around beer o’clock on Wednesday the reaction has been mainly positive.
“We think the reaction has been good,” said Meanjin Editor Sally Heath reached at a payphone at the Laundry Bar in Fitzroy. “It’s hard to say really. We don’t allow comments and integration with the Facebook and the Twitter is a bit bourgeoisie. We’re working class. I mean I wouldn’t be caught dead in Vaucluse, even to visit my parents.”
“Meanjin will almost certainly have a themecamp at the Burn this year,” enthused article author Simone Ubaldi. “The theme ‘Wild West’ is a bit lame, but we’ll make due. 20,000 hippies aren’t going to mock me in your article are they?”
“20,000 hippies can go to hell,” screamed Burning Man founder Larry Harvey from a scratchy payphone near his winter dasha on the Black Sea. “The Burn has felt a bit flat since, well, at least Green Man. This article is just the ‘Melbourican Quicksilver’ we need to jump start the event back to life.”
Oolong Burners, a branch of the American Tea Party movement expressed concern for the growing Antipodean influence at the event north of Reno.
“The Kiwis were all over The Temple of Transition this year,” said Oolong Spokesperson Tommy T-Baggin responding via e-mail. “You couldn’t get within 50 metres, I mean yards and if I did mean meters I’d spell it the American way…anyhoo… Ashram Galatica was positively smashed with Aussies. If we don’t watch it Alice Springs will be the new Gerlach in no time. Have you ever been to the Walmart in Alice Springs? Me neither, but $10 says it’s terrible.”
Over the years Meanjin has achieved notoriety in it’s homeland for taking on various cultural taboos including:
- Top 10 places to Purchase Heroin in Redfern
- Gee Twenty – The Average Australian Vocabulary and John Howard
- Essendon vs Collingwood – Why Victorian Sports Suck
- Burning Beds – Cultural Hegemony and Midnight Oil
- Flight of the Reactionaries – The False Consciousness of Kiwi Humor