October 15, 2023
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This book defies any known genre, just as fungi often tend to defy our attempts to identify them. Think science (the Salem witchcraft fungus) followed by satire (a fungal Faust) followed by an account of what sort of fungi one might find in Antarctica. An element of humor pervades the book’s pages, as indicated by a remark one of its characters, the butler Jeeves, makes to his master: “Wit and mycology go together, sir.”
PRAISE FOR MILLMAN:
“Lawrence Millman is… The Merlin of Mycenaceae The chiton of cryptic fungi The Solomon of Strophariacecae The Gandolf of Gomphaceae The Dumbledor of Dacrymycetaceae The Oogway of Omphalotaceae And puts the pill in Pilobolus!” –Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia and Microbia
“Larry Millman, a frequent contributor to the journal FUNGI, has collected a number of pieces, some new, some old, about both myology and mycologists. They are both illuminating and wonderfully entertaining. The book wanders all over the place much to the enlightenment of the reader. A fine read!”
–Moselio Schaechter, author of In the Company of Mushrooms
“Everything Lawrence Millman writes is original, and most of it is funny and profound.”
–Paul Kingsnorth, author of Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist
“Millman’s a genius!”
–Annie Dillard, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Author and Arctic explorer Lawrence Millman has written 18 books, including such titles as Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, At the End of the World, Fascinating Fungi of New England, Fungipedia, and Goodbye, Ice. He is also a contributor to Thoreau Farm’s book: What Would Henry Do? Volume II. He has visited Henry’s grave more times than he’s visited either his mother’s or his father’s graves. He lives in Cambridge.
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