Feeding Tofu to Cowboys

In the summer of 2001, Maid Marian somehow convinced the unsuspecting — but curiously adventurous — Randal Smith to go out to the 80-Acres Ranch, Burning Man’s then rag-tag staging ground, and work with the Department of Public Works (DPW) to help set up the infrastructure for Black Rock City.


Randal miraculously survived to tell the tale, and he told it in Feeding Tofu to Cowboys, a fantastic online journal recounting his experiences of living among (and feeding) these hardscrabble carnies playing city builders in the remote Nevada desert.

Rather than modernizing the presentation, we’ve preserved the original Feeding Tofu to Cowboys, because the format (including the Wallpaper of the Day) paints as compelling a picture as the content itself.

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