No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

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No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

Post by cenacle » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:51 am

Hi everyone!

It's been 10 years since I have posted here on the ePlaya, and I wanted to say hi! Early January is about as far from the hot playa as one can be but, when I went to BM from 1999 to 2009, it was about the time I would start my preparations. I figured I would re-introduce myself today.

I learned of Burning Man sometime in 1998, and traveled to BM99 with a friend of mine, in her car, Boston to Black Rock City. Took us about 3 days to cross country. Motels. Stress over what it would be like. We were part of a Boston camp called TOTEM (Temple of the Eternal Mysteries), which built a big structure for performances and a bar. So much fun! Went the following year with TOTEM too, but the more ambitious plan fell apart in that the desert was softer and for some reason (I don't know, the founder was an engineer so it must have mattered a lot) the structure could not go up.

I kept going year by year. Actually moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004, Seattle, then Portland, to be nearer Black Rock City and its culture. What I've learned since is that while I was out there, Boston Burning Man culture was finally taking more formal shape. Nice to be connecting with local folks too.

Anyway, every year until 2009, the last six with my girlfriend-then-wife Kassi, I would get to Black Rock City, and bring to Center Camp my/our No Borders Free Bookstore. Several tables of chapbooks by famous authors, writers I knew, and me. Plus my literary journal, The Cenacle. It was great to give out little reading books, small enough to carry around a dusty city, and to meet people. Those years stay with me.

My No Borders Free Bookstore project (with pictures!) is online at:
http://www.scriptorpress.com/nobordersbookstore.html

But, by 2009, I felt burned out. My life outside of BRC was shifting back East, as work was hard to find in the PNW. So Kassi & I returned to Boston, and I focussed on other things for awhile. Still remembering always the beauties and challenges and people of BRC.

After several years mulling it, in 2016 I decided to take the plunge into Firefly, the Boston Burners regional. Camped with the Steambath Project there. Such good folks! Hobbled by a quad injury all week, terrified of ticks, I nonetheless brought my bookstore, which many helped me set up on a hill near the Steambath and coffee tent. It was a great week and told me clearly I was bound at some point back to BRC.

Now it's 2019. An event I made it to for 11 years straight, and it's taken me nearly 10 years to decide to return. I did not want to do this if I could not do it with all my heart and soul. If I did not have to do it. I do.

Will it happen? I'm hopeful, that's all. But I know that one of the core strengths of BM are the people who create it, the bonds that are forged, and relationships built. I hope to do all this in 2019, and arrive to BRC late summer. The work for me to do that starts now, in part by saying hello to all of you.

Thanks for reading this. You guys here know more than those who have not been, or yet been, how deep BM can be in one's heart and life.

Peace,
Raymond :)

PS--I am hoping to be part of a large camp and volunteer and contribute my time and efforts to others, as well as give time for my Bookstore. Please contact me if my project sounds like it would be a good fit for your camp!
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Re: No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

Post by Ratty » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:40 pm

Hi raymond, that's a wonderful reintroduction. You will make it there this year. I can hear it in your voice. Welcome back to ePlaya. Don't be a stranger.
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Re: No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

Post by cenacle » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:42 am

Thanks, Ratty. That's very encouraging to hear. Looks like you're a long-time Burner too? Burning since 2008? We could have crossed paths back then :)
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Re: No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

Post by some seeing eye » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:54 pm

You created a great project! Glad it is returning! One of my great pleasures has been reading aloud with a partner. Who can turn down a bedtime story?
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Re: No Borders Free Bookstore Returning First Time since 2009

Post by Elderberry » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:16 am

Hey there, welcome back to ePlaya!
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