The Man Has Burned [VIDEO]

The Man burned in the Nevada desert on Saturday night. And so did something else. USA Today reports:

Timothy Leary, the late father of LSD, was memorialized at Burning Man after a fantastic procession and burning of his ashes in the Black Rock Desert. It was a spectacle that not even he probably could have imagined, as actress Susan Sarandon led a march with his ashes into a temporary church built as an art installation in the desert for the week-long festival. “I think he’d be so happy. I think he would have loved the chaos (of Burning Man). He would have loved it,” said Sarandon, one of Leary’s closest friends, in an interview. “And all these people honoring him with LSD.” When Leary died in 1996, several of his friends, including Sarandon, received some of his ashes. His friends sent most of his ashes to outer space in 1997, but Sarandon kept some. “When I went to Burning Man last time, that’s when I thought I’d bring him back here,” Sarandon said. The church was scheduled to burn as part of the event on Saturday after the “man”, a giant wooden structure, burned.

  • Sam_Handwich

    that really toasts my buns

    • bkmn

      please allow me to butter them

  • bkmn

    Someday I would love to go to BM.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      You and I both, bkmn. It has been on my radar for a number of years. My desire only intensified when I began to meet people who had been and to talk with them about the completely never-before-felt vibe that they experienced.

      Then ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ went to it. And then the gawkers and tourists started going. And in my mind it was ruined.

      But now I hear that it actually wasn’t.

      (P.S. My initals are ‘bkrn’. So close.)

      • hajaxavier

        It hasn’t been ruined. I went the first time 16 years ago, the last time last year. Each time was different but equally magical. Seeing the esplanade at night for the first time will never change. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Timothy Leary was most definitely NOT “the late father of LSD.” That honor goes to Albert Hoffman.

    • Octavio

      Thanks for this. Hoffman’s attempt at explaining alternate realities is rather good. Love the cut-away shot to psilocybin mushrooms pressed in a glass frame. πŸ™‚

      Sincerely yours, in the name of the great dynamo hummmmmm . . . . . . . . πŸ™‚

    • another_steve

      Leary explained to the world the importance of “set and setting” as it pertains to LSD usage — a very very important thing. If you take LSD with the wrong mindset and in the wrong setting, you could very well end up in a nightmarish place. If you take it with the right mindset and in the right setting however, you might end up having the most powerful and life-altering experience you will ever have.

      Other authors have written about this, but I think it was Leary who brought it to the world’s attention.

      • I absolutely understand what you are saying, Steve. I appreciate Timothy Leary’s importance; his explanation of “set and setting” is something everyone should take to heart. I would call Leary one of the leading PROPONENTS of LSD. But Albert Hoffman is rightly considered the FATHER.

      • RoFaWh

        This is true of other psychedelics as well. Richard Haard in his “Poisonous and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms” in regard to Psilocybe says much the same thing but in different wording, urging his readers not to use magic mushrooms casually, but in a serious, almost sacramental way.

        • another_steve

          “…but in a serious, almost sacramental way.”

          Beautiful, RoFaWh.

          Use of these drugs can be seen as a sacramental act — “sacrament” understood broadly. Something that permits entree into the world of the holy. “Holiness” understood broadly.

          I am not a theist but when I hear professional/career atheists like Dawkins speak, I immediately detect that this is a person who has never had a profound experience via the use of psychedelics.

    • 2karmanot

      Kudos to Owsley

  • kcken

    I would love to go to this sometime, just to see the crazy costumes and events, but super-hot desert air, and little Canadians don’t mix so well. #flamable

    • Helen Damnation

      I worked at a resort in Scottsdale, back in the early 80s. We would laugh when Canadians would come to Arizona to take advantage of the discounted room rates in the summer! Many would languish by the pool, eventually passing out or falling out from the heat. Never failed.


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    • catherinecc

      Honestly, it’s not so bad. Or at least it’s worth it.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Oh Darn. It’s been so nice in San Francisco with all the burners gone.

    • tcinsf

      Dear, I I know you are from the East, but with that comment, if it hasn’t already happened, you are welcomed as a local.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Aww! Thank you very much. I really do love this city with all my heart and soul and have not survived but thrived here. It really is home to me in the deepest sense of the word. To think, for nearly 40 years I swore the only way you’d get me out of NYC was in a pine box.

        • tcinsf

          I haven’t been to NYC in years, but it’s changed as much as SF has changed. I miss the 70s and the 80s.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            I’ll be in NYC in October. I know I won’t recognize it either. I hear that even my old liquor store on Avenue C no longer has bullet proof glass but is all fancy schmancy now. Alphabet City gentrified? I don’t know if my mind will be able to comprehend that. I remember Alphabet City as avenues Aware, Beware, Caution, and Death. I lived between Caution and Death. πŸ™‚

          • tcinsf

            Yes, I remember Alphabet City in the eighties. One of the shocks of my life was when a colleagues kids moved to NY, and he told them he was moving them into their flat on Ave B, and I reacted very negatively (most W Coast folks don’t know what E Coast cities are really like) and was told “no no, Alphabet City is the chic neighborhood where EVERYBODY wants to live.”
            “Rent” killed it.

          • romanhans

            Alphabet City is still slightly downscale, which is lucky. It’s where the billions of overprivileged NYU students go when their parents’ checks haven’t arrived.

          • Helen Damnation

            Many if not most of my friends from SF died from AIDS, back in the early 80a. I miss them terribly.

  • celdd

    My daughter and her best friend went in our SUV to hold all the camping stuff. She is an 8th grade physical science teacher and took vacation the first week the kids were back in order to go. She’ll be home today if all goes well with the 12 hr drive so we will hear about it then.

  • Jumper

    It’s NOT a “church”, it’s a temple.

  • cubscoutii

    LAME. This is not what BM is suppose to be. A live news broadcast like watching a parade? Burning Man has officially become Mainstream. I am so glad I was able to be a burner in the early days of the late 90’s.

    • JCF

      Back w/ Buffy’s “Ms Calendar”, c. Fall ’97 (S2 Ep1 “When She Was Bad”, to be precise). It’s mention on BTVS surely was its biggest mainstream pop culture reference to date.

  • Clungeflaps

    These techie assholes destroyed the Bay Area. I wish they would stay in Black Rock.

    Fortunately it looks like the tech bubble is bursting, so I’m looking forward to laughing at all of these neckbearded autistic google glass wearing dorks getting laid off.

    • 2karmanot

      Exactly: Times are changing and we must adapt. The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article last week that stated our little two-stop town is
      destined to be the next haute wine county chic destination. Andie Dog and I
      live not more than five minutes from the Country Farm House Inn, which
      in the old days was a $wenty five a night flop house for hippies and
      out-a-town river rats going to the Russian River. It’s cheapest rooms
      are now in the $400.00 a night + (two night minimum) range. Andie of
      course knows nothing of the gentrification and expensive ruin brought on
      by arrogant techi millennials, who have polluted San Francisco like the
      Prada Borg and are spreading outward to create rural pleasures of the
      exquisite not known since Marie Antoinette.

  • MrRobotoLA

    I’m the old fart still standing here saying, “I don’t get it.”

    • Mark_in_MN

      You don’t have to be an old fart to say that.

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  • Halloween_Jack

    burning of his ashes


  • Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Something we all share in common sometime at the end of life.