But are LARPers any more delusional than other hobbyists or theme-party attendees? A few weeks ago I would have said yes, but this summer, just above a Facebook photo of one friend looking like he raided Dumbledore’s closet, was another photo of a Brooklyn-based buddy participating in his first Civil War reenactment. While I realize that the Civil War actually happened, and this is the thing that distinguishes it from the fantasy world of LARP culture, there isn’t much else separating the two activities.
That notion occurred to me once again as I read Ewalt’s new piece, just ten minutes after scrolling through my Instagram feed to see picture after picture of various friends in costume — some dressed like they had been transported back to the 1920s, others muddling the lines between that era and the turn of the century — at this weekend’s Jazz Age Lawn Party on New York’s Governors Island. How can I make jokes about LARP when nearly everyone I know spent the weekend hunting down flapper dresses and shining their spectator shoes? How different is doing the Charleston in a period getup from performing a spell in fantasy garb? Whether we’re nostalgic Brooklynites or the nerdiest of the nerds, we’re all LARPers now — so maybe it’s time to stop gawking at geeks and start stepping up our costume game.
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