Love Burn 2019: The Lost Island of Taboo

“Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
– Voltaire

Shipwrecked. Marooned. Castaway…Throughout time, these words inspired feelings of disaster and doom- a sudden change of oceanic travel plans that lead to isolation and desolation. In the tragic stories, the events lead to suffering and demise, whereas the heroic tales are those of exploration, discovery, ingenuity, and imagination.

The stories we never tire of hearing all begin alike: a simple journey that turns amok, either through lack of proper planning, human drama, or a great tempest storm that sends the surviving travelers to a strange and unknown island. All water-touching cultures throughout history are filled with these tales, from the wandering travails of Odysseus and crew, to the diaries of stranded loners on a dangerous island, up to the recent comical antics of the passengers and crew of the SS Minnow (Early burners, by the way…who else packs that many outfits and supplies for a three-hour trip?). Even the introspective questions of who or what do you bring with you to a desert island add to the mystery of finding yourself removed from the comforts of familiarity. All of the above fanciful themes point to making the best of a disastrous situation. A fresh start in a strange land, and the need for resourcefulness and pluck against adversity.

“Someone asked me, if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would I bring….’How to Build a Boat’”
-Stephen Wright

For Love Burn 2019, we invite you help create that strange and enchanted isle that castaways will explore. An island full of wondrous and bizarre creatures and beings, from mermaids to cannibalistic natives, to giant apes and lost civilizations. A nautical-themed world that helps shipwrecked souls begin afresh- an uncharted domain to be explored by the intrepid and adventurous. Hidden treasures, mysterious curses, and human folly await the next forlorn travelers…let’s get wrecked together!

Now, this is the tale of our castaways,
They’re here for a long, long time.
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.
-Closing verse “Gilligan’s Island”