Claviceps purpurea

Claviceps purpurea

On a dark and stormy night (no, seriously) a not so little girl began the workings of a beautiful plan to revive all things bohemian in a new-age fashion. And so, she set to work on WordPress …

Now you’re here. Allow me to formally introduce the Ergot through a brief science lesson.

There is a group of fungi called Ergot that this blog and its contents very closely embody. The ergot is birthed through infection; a spore drifts happily into the exposed stigma of a flowering plant, then destroys the plant’s ovaries to intercept the nutrition intended for the seed. What follows is truly an admirable process:

  1. The ergot becomes a white soft tissue (the perfect essence of innocence) and produces a sugary honeydew that drips from the infected plant.
  2. The honeydew, containing millions more spores, are carried off by insect minions to subject a different plant to a similar fate.
  3. In its final stages, the ergot soft tissue hardens within the flower (not so innocent now) and produces a wondrous batch of alkaloids that will eventually become Lysergic acid (LSA), a key component in the production of the more infamous, Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD.
  4. These alkaloids, alone, despite their amazing applications (if you’ve ever taken a trip), are unfit for human consumption due to their long term poisonous effects.

Just in case you still find yourself asking, “Yes, but, what does that have to do with this blog?” I’ll tie everything together for you.

The Ergot is this process. This blog is the stigma and its contents are much like those fungal spores. It is here to infiltrate and destroy “hype” for the benefit of producing something wondrous. It will spread and prosper while unionizing and glorifying simple fascinations, misjudged marvels, and washed out wonders deemed unfit for human consumption.


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