Absurd, nutty, the theatrical ravings of a hallucinating mind?Well, no. Not with mushrooms. Those are the sorts of answers to the questions you stop and ask us about mushrooms. Mushroomsareaboutother things. Otherthingsareaboutmushrooms.If we get up reallyreally close to that weirdo thought and squint even harder maybe we can glimpse and start to absorb the deep bedrock ecological insight that "mushrooms"are these other things. Mushrooms teach us what "collective" is, means, sounds like, smells like. "Where" collectivity happens.Is this what the incredible Lauren Hill is singing when she sings out with her immense pounding joyful fury: Everything is everything.


"In the next sixty years, the range of one songbird, the scarlet tanager, will likely move north almost a thousand miles, into central Canada. All on its own, the bird could make that adjustment fairly swiftly—but there is no such thing in nature as a species all on its own. The tanager thrives in mature hardwood forests, and those cannot simply pick up their roots and walk to cooler climates." Dear Jeff Rubin: sorry but you are dead wrong. You are wildly entertaining and fun to read to, but no. Canadians should not "get excited about being the next bread basket of the world" i.e. seeing climate chaos as a giant positive opportunity for riches just around the next carbon corner. You are still thinking like a banker or an armchair mushroomer: counting things in piles piled high rather than in chunks of life interwoven, underground and into the osmoticsphere in all directions. Don't count the tanagers before they are hatched: let's replant 10,0000000 square kilometers of hardwood forest first, then go counting.

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