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Portland Author Releases Revolutionary Book on Mushrooms and Culture

On February 6th, author and Portland native Peter McCoy will be celebrating the release of Radical Mycology, a book on DIY mushroom cultivation, pollution clean up, and much more. The free, all ages event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR.
Portland, OR —¬ Peter McCoy, a 30-year old Portland native, has dedicated the past 15 years to studying the diverse and integral roles fungi play in the environment, human cultures, and social movements. In 2006 McCoy founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the many ways that fungi (i.e. mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and lichens) can enhance personal, societal, and ecological health. A decade later, McCoy has written Radical Mycology to detail the wide array of skills and insights that have arisen from the organization's international work to advance appropriately applied mycology.

Radical Mycology is a 700-page treatise that shatters commonly held beliefs on the importance of fungi. Whereas most fungally-focused books stick with the traditional topics of mushrooms and their edibility, this tome explores a wide range of ideas and skills. Step-by-step methods for DIY medicine making, mushroom cultivation, and pollution clean up (a.k.a. mycoremediation) are presented alongside social philosophies arguing for a mimicking of fungal growth in political systems and an exhaustive exposé of the history of psychoactive fungi. Throughout the text, the author reveals the numerous reasons that mycology (the study of fungi) is one of the most important fields of natural science and, paradoxically, one of the most obscure.

As McCoy highlights, "Radical Mycology is more than just a book on mushrooms. It is a new way of seeing and experiencing all fungi as something critical to the environment and human cultures. Fungi helped guide the evolution of all life, and I think that they can significantly enhance human societies today, but only if taboos around them are overcome."

On Saturday, February 6th, McCoy will be celebrating the release of Radical Mycology from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR. McCoy will give two different presentations on the book's topics, Versionary will give a provocative performance of "The Sex Life of Mushrooms," fungal visuals will be projected by Ritzy Sheens, and music will be provided by NorthernDraw. The all ages event is free and open to the public. Bring a mug for the free medicinal mushroom tea.

homepage: homepage: http://radicalmycology.com
address: address: 5441 SE Belmont St