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Interlude for Piano and Fungus?

Scheduled to play a concert in Buffalo one evening, the eccentric composer John Cage arranged to stay at Robert Creeley's home in a nice, older neigborhood in North Buffalo.

When the men decided to have homemade pasta and sauce for dinner, Cage, having noticed some mushrooms growing on a neighbor's lawn, proceeded to knock upon their door.

"Do you have any use for those mushrooms?" he asked.
"No."
"May I pick them?"
"Be my guest."

Whereupon Cage gathered up a mighty load of mushrooms and, despite Creeley's speculation about the neighborhood dogs, they were duly cooked and consumed.

[The neighbors were up all night waiting for the inevitable poisoning, Creeley later recalled, but the mushrooms proved edible, the men lived, and the show went on.]

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