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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mushroom Seekers - DVD Finding Edible Mushrooms around the World


A Movie by Pam Kray

DVD includes Full movie plus 30 Minutes of Extras

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©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.

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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
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.


Monday, March 19, 2018

World Class - Blackwing Pencils

Legendary Pencils that Leroi Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Steinbeck and now you swear by!
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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.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

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


Bob Dylan - Forever Young

Illustrated by Paul Rogers

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

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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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