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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mushroom Seekers - DVD Finding Edible Mushrooms around the World


MUSHROOM SEEKERS




A Movie by Pam Kray



DVD includes Full movie plus 30 Minutes of Extras




To purchase the Movie CLICK HERE

©2002 TRT: 55 minutes

©2012 Mushroom Seekers DVD w/30 minutes of new extras

UPC:  884501592482







Mushroom Seekers is a first-person exploration of the world of wild mushrooms and the
people who look for them. When American filmmaker, Pam Kray, noticed people
carrying baskets of wild mushrooms in the subways of Prague in 1993, she began to
examine her own lack of familiarity with mushrooms in her surroundings. The ensuing
journey of filmmaker into mushroom cultures took her from the Czech Republic through
the U.S. to Mexico, from national pastime to arcane hobby to sacred undertaking. The
dvd release includes extras from movie outtakes of herbalist Susun Weed and film artist
Bradley Eros, and from interviews shot in 2011 with world class mycologist and author,
Gary Lincoff, and with Paul Sadowski, of the New York Mycological Society.


To Purchase the Movie online, CLICK HERE



Pam Kray's Notes about the Mushroom Seekers 

Mushroom Seekers is roughly an hour long, shot in an early digital video format. It
unfolds as partly a diary and partly a collage of time and space and memory. Interwoven

with our search for our various roots and with my perception of American self-
consciousness in the world, Mushroom Seekers investigates the intermingled histories of

the eastern and western hemispheres. Through footage gathered in the Czech Republic,
the United States and Mexico, the work explores the roles of nature and environment
according to both native (indigenous) and non-native (immigrant) cultures.
In the Czech Republic, mushroom picking is a family-based activity; the knowledge of
the mushrooms as well as the ritual of hunting, picking, cleaning and scraping the stems
is performed based, usually, on a family elder's demonstration. It is not studied in school.
In the United States, mushroom picking remains a relatively out-of-the-ordinary pursuit
that comes with a list of warnings (some well founded and some ridiculous). It is
considered dangerous, and the anecdotes as well as the statistics of poisonings are
reported. In addition, home remedies are generally suspect and the tradition of picking
one's food in neighboring forests has been largely uncommon.
From an American point of view, mushroom picking is an activity removed from the
experience of most people. The United States offers clubs and experts that help not only

the American mushroom neophyte, but also the immigrants and visitors from mushroom-
loving cultures to pick with relative confidence that what looks like a mushroom in their

homeland is or is not that mushroom. If Czech mushroom pickers compete in terms of
picking the biggest or cooking the tastiest dish, the U.S. is only recently gaining ground
in that area and also gleans the knowledge from “everywhere.” Mexico's history of
immigration and assimilation differs from that of the United States, making mushroom
picking and the use of herbs and more home-based traditional medicine a much different
story.
All together, the three parts of the movie investigate an unspoken element: transmission
of knowledge, informal education of generations and how movement affects the very
fiber of knowledge in new contexts. Basically, you can't teach what you don't know. And
when the native people have been silenced as well, the gap that is revealed in the
language or in the transmission of knowledge cannot be filled. What once could have
been taught by example, practically without words, cannot be passed on now because one
can only describe the lack of words or the loss of knowledge itself.
I shot the Czech portion of the video during the fall of 1998. I also interviewed the
American herbalist (green witch, author), Susun Weed. She is not what I would delineate
an “expert” claiming to know everything about edible mushrooms; rather, Weed is a
leader in disseminating information about wild plants and their relationship to health and
the traditional shamanic place of women in societies. Her works and words are very

pertinent to my themes.
In 1999, I traveled in Mexico to Huautla, Qaxaca: the home of Maria Sabina who was
one of the most famous Mazatec shamans (at least to westerners) . The Mazatecs have
used psilocybin mushrooms for a long time. Although I was not allowed to take pictures
during the mushroom ceremony, I was affected by the intensity of the experience and
by the joy and sacredness of the “hongitos”* for the Mazatec people. In Mexico City, I
did shoot footage at the Museo de la Medicina Mexicana, which celebrates the history
of indigenous practices and practitioners alongside the modern western medicine.
Themes in the museum seemed to support my premise that the European invasion of
Mexico left a very different cultural legacy than that in the United States.
In 2000, I attended the Telluride Mushroom Festival at Telluride, Colorado. Here I found
experts and enthusiasts of both the United States and international sphere of mycologists,
biologists, doctors, chemists and amateur pickers. Besides learning about wild
mushrooms, I heard the terms mycophilia and mycophobia reiterated over and over again.
More than 10 years and many mushroom hunts later, I reissued Mushroom Seekers on
dvd with 30 minutes of extras, including some thoughts about cultural attitudes in
relationship to mushrooms (and other natural agents in our environment) by renowned
mycologist, Gary Lincoff; herbalist, Susun Weed; and artist, Bradley Eros.

--Pam Kray
Tillson, NY
April 2012
* Hongos is a Spanish word for mushrooms. The Mazatec people use the diminutive,
hongitos, for the psilocybe mushrooms they use in prayer.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

World Class - Blackwing Pencils

Legendary Pencils that Leroi Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Steinbeck and now you swear by!
Pick them up at the shop in New Paltz or order online!
Available from our online shop or through California Cedar (the manufacturer) on Amazon.  Click here to go to our website Blackwing Store

Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils (12 Pack)

The iconic Blackwing 602 that once commanded up to $40/pencil and was favored by famous writers like John Steinbeck is back. The Palomino Blackwing 602 features a firm and smooth graphite core that is ideal for writers and everyday users who don’t like to sharpen often. Includes Blackwing’s signature pink extendable eraser and unique ferrule design. Inspired by the past, made for the writers of tomorrow. Each box contains 12 firm and smooth premium graphite pencils, crafted from Genuine Incense-cedar.

Palomino Blackwing Pencils (12 Pack)

With a retro look that is decidedly fresh, the Palomino Blackwing pencil pays tribute to the grand-daddy of legendary pencils, the Eberhardt-Faber Blackwing 602. Blackwing pencils have sketched, written and composed their way across the American cultural landscape. This soft and smooth graphite core is the ideal gift for artists, musicians or anyone who sometimes seeks a more natural existence. The graphite core is the softest out of the standard Blackwing pencils.
Matte black finish with black eraser. 

Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils (12 Pack)

The Palomino Blackwing Pearl is the latest addition to the Blackwing family of pencils and lifestyle products. It features a pearl white finish, gold imprint, white eraser, and a “balanced” graphite core that is softer than the Blackwing 602, but firmer than the graphite found in the Palomino Blackwing. Its unique ferrule allows you to extend and replace the eraser after extensive use and even “hack” your pencil to give it a custom look.
Each box contains 12 balanced and smooth premium graphite pencils, crafted from Genuine Incense-cedar.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Forever Young - Dylan's Classic as a Children's Book




STAFF PICKS

Bob Dylan - Forever Young

Illustrated by Paul Rogers

Beautifully illustrated children's book set to the words of Dylan's Classic.

Available at the shop or purchase it online by clicking here!


Bob Dylan’s hit song Forever Young takes on new life as a colorful children’s book cleverly illustrated by Paul Rogers. The story follows a young Dylan through his early performances, education, travels and protests. The book allows children to connect visually and historically with Dylan in the context of 1960s counterculture. He is pictured alongside icons like: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and Joan Baez in the East Village of NYC. Each page features a lyric and corresponding illustration in which Rogers has hidden details of Dylan’s life and songs. Readers of all ages will enjoy uncovering these hidden histories as they sing along to the beloved lyrics of Forever Young. This collaboration between Dylan and Rogers won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 and continues to be one of our Best Sellers at Barner Books!



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

7 Foot Comic Covers - Promotional Poster for Wall Size Posters by R. Crumb

7 Foot Comic Covers

from Robert Crumb Comic Books

Poster Advertisement for Kitchen Sink's full size wall coverings concept (68" x 89")

The first "wall coverings" were to be designs from R. Crumb Comic Books


  • Home Grown Funnies
  • XYZ Comics



Size:  16.75" x 21.5"

Published by:  Krupp Comic Works of Milwaukee

Date:  1972

Poster Art Design:  Peter Poplaski

Narrative:  Denis Kitchen 


The characters in the promotion include Denis Kitchen (thinking - "keen"); Kitchen's Brother Jim holding the arm of his girlfriend Jan Sichi.  The "Pop" on the book that Kitchen is reading is Peter Poplaski's signature of the art design.

The Narrative of the Poster is:



This is it. . . the item you've been long awaiting:  GIANT COMIC BOOK COVERS!   These monstrous posters are the beginning of a grand scheme to addict the unsuspecting public.   You, as a distributor or retailer, have the opportunity to be part of this plot.   We have chosen the covers of two ROBERT CRUM comix as our first offering.   Realistically, we do not expect Middle America to immediately snarf up your stock of giant comic book covers.  What WILL happen is that hippies, longhairs, dope-smoking teenages and bearded street people (in short, the cream of our youth) will snarf up your stock of giant comic book covers.  They will plaster their walls with every new cover we release.

Then, when one generation has passed, giant comic book covers will be an established part of our rich cultural heriage.  And YOU can be on the ground floor of this exciting new venture if you act fast!   (The remaining part of the narrative provides price information for the bulk orders that were being promoted).

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The project never got launched, but fortunately some of the promotional posters remain.


To purchase the original promotional poster click here


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Text Books - Finding them

The eternal quest by college students for textbooks is upon us.

It seems that  the high cost of text books is here to stay.   While our shop doesn't stock text books, it's sometimes good to check out online sources.   Amazon is running a special on prime for students, in fact it's free!   We've found that they are a good source for new and used text books, and if you're able to use prime, there's a good chance you'll get them quick!

Check it out.   Options for renting, buying and selling are among the deals that amazon offers.   There are options to keep the costs under control. 

If you want to check prices on books, not just text books, there's a great online site that we use - bookfinder.com   Ideally you have the ISBN available and then do a search.   The site checks many online sources for the book so you can find the one that might serve your needs best!

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Great Hudson River Brick Industry

THE GREAT HUDSON RIVER BRICK INDUSTRY


By George V. Hutton

Purple Mountain Press

ISBN:  1930098529

Available from Barner Books stop by, or us:  845-255-2635

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Located in Kingston New York, the Hutton Yards were among the largest brick making facilities on the Hudson River.   Generations of families worked there, and a significant number of buildings in New York City made use of the Hutton Bricks.



Today, the Yards have transformed into a cultural and community facility.   Check out Today's Hutton Brickyards!


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From the final chapter, Chapter 7:
EPILOGUE FOR A DEPARTED INDUSTRY
"The Hudson River brick industry went down before an array of overwhelming forces, including large demographic changes, competition by new technologies, and by brickmakers in distant locations that had achieved access to the New York market, as well as new environmental standards. During its lifetime, nothing can gainsay that industry’s indispensable contribution to the very existence of New York City, where the record of that accomplishment is everywhere to be seen. With the exception of IBM, there is nothing comparable to that industry in the Hudson Valley today in terms of size and consequence of its production ....
Soon enough, virtually all vestiges of the physical presence of all that intensive manufacturing activity will have observably disappeared. The great majority of the substantial changes to the landscape, resulting from the excavation operations, will not be discernible due to overgrowth—a condition that is nearing completion at this writing. Development of brickmaking sites for other purposes will also obliterate all signs of past endeavors. Perhaps one of the two graceful nineteenth-century brick boiler flues at East Kingston (the Shultz yard’s flue being a personal favorite), built to power the steam engines that drove the brick machines, will be treasured as the sole remaining industrial artifact of three and one half centuries of the existence of the great Hudson River brick industry."




At the beginning of the twentieth century, brick manufacturing was the dominant industry on the Hudson River. One hundred thirty manufacturers employed seven to eight thousand workers. It was the largest brickmaking region in the world, supplying vast amounts of this most essential building material to the fastest-growing city in the world. Spanning three and a half centuries, this industry ceased to exist in the year 2002. Included here are accounts of technological innovations, manufacturing methods, periods of enormous production, and wrenching business crises that transformed the entire industry. Elements of this history include the arrival of immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Hungary and the American South, as well as labor relations.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Booklovers Map of America - Antique Map

Booklovers Map of America.

A Chart of Certain Literary Geography
PICTORAL MAP



The Map Measures about 22 x 30 inches




Copyright:  1926
Paul Paine, Artist/Cartographer
Librarian who created several literary maps
Published by R. R. Bowker
New York, NY  1926
Bowker is now known as the company that sells ISBN Numbers in the United States

The Map features various inlays of significant literary history.
For Information on 
purchasing the map
 (1926 First Printing/Original)
 CLICK HERE





Facsimile Copy
Available

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