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Margot-deepa Slater    #16330
   Australia     Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 22:55:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

For a long time people have described me as being different. I was confused because I could never figure out what they exactly meant and they couldn't tell either.

Your book fell off a shelf in a secondhand book shop and landed at my feet. I picked it up and opened it to a page and began to read. Right then, immediately, I knew I wasn't different but my view about the world, the environment and where humans stood in the world, was. The words in the pages of your book resounded in me in a way, I could not have imagined. In my differences, I felt validated. I have also read The Story of B. I know who I am and where I stand. Knowing Thyself and Being Thyself is harmonize with the environment and the world. Thank You.

Sam    #16329
   USA     Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:48:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Here's my review of Daniel's new book on Reading a book that entertains, instructs, and confounds me, I tend to deface it with underlines and asterisks. Then I discovered I could mark paragraphs and sentences I want to remember and revisit with tiny sticky notes. Seems like the more I am enthralled with a book, the more notes are sticking out of it. My copy of Daniel Quinn's AT WOOMEROO resembles a porcupine.

AT WOOMEROO is a book of fictional stories, each of which is brilliant in its own right. My impression of the voices in the stories are variously dark, ambiguous, mysterious, sometimes hilarious, and always shed new light on ideas both familiar and not so familiar. Now and again, I would think, Fyodor Dostoyevsky? Stephen Hawking? Stephen King? Woody Allen? No...pure Daniel Quinn. Having marked the book from beginning to end with sticky notes, I'm ready to begin it again. It's a gem.

Tarri    #16328
Beaverton    OR USA     Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 18:6:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Thank you for the paradigm shift, perhaps a chance to facilitate the receipt of that which has always been mine to claim and, in turn, enable a means to freely give in a more meaningful way.

Sam    #16327
   USA     Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 13:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Check out Daniel Quinn Public Figure on Facebook.

Sam    #16326
   USA     Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 17:18:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Marc--A bit of correction: You state that "mankind" is flawed. Virtually the whole point of Ishmael is that it is a single culture--our own, born about ten thousand years ago--that is flawed, not mankind.

Marc    #16325
Chicago    IL USA     Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 6:54:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I've read hundreds and hundreds of mostly non-fiction novels and Ishmael was easily the best & most-real book I've ever read.

In my mind, I've always believed that their was a profound flaw with mankind, however, this book truly summed up the greed and unnecessary drive to eliminate all competition.

For the past 12 years, I've worked in finance and my mission is to use the funds I make to create awareness that most people have way more than they need. It's to harmonize with the rest of world and stop destroying it.

Jennie Hughes,    #16324
Denver    CO USA     Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 13:32:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I read The Story of B first last year and just finished reading Ishmael. I am aching to find a way to organize locally and work to teach our kids about these crucial concepts of changing the way we live. With all the tools available to us through social media, I feel like everyone who has read these books should be spreading them around to their friends and family. And joining with others in their community to brainstorm real ways to make a difference. I'll keep looking and working to spread the message as best I can. Thank you Mr. Quinn for giving us a real start to addressing our culture's problems.

Sam    #16315
   USA     Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:22:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hi Brian--What's your plan?

Brian Setzler    #16314
Portland    OR USA     Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:4:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Who would like to join me in creating a plan to get 10,000+ new people to read Ishmael in the next 12 months?

b_inaz    #16303
   AZ USA     Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 19:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I have read all of Daniel Quinn's books, I think, and everything on the website. Brilliant!

Samantha Hess    #16301
   IA USA     Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 16:42:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

What's New!? Look to the links on the left. A wealth of information and of interest to both seasoned and new ISHMAEL people.

Also! When you intend to go to for any reason, go first to the link on the left, Order Books, click on the Amazon icon and go from there. The ISHMAEL website receives a small credit for this and it only takes an extra 30 seconds.


The Alchemist    #16299
   USA     Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 20:36:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

A very good discussion by Terence McKenna about how the tribal collective evolved into civilization (though it does take several hours to get through):

According to McKenna, we started like all other mammals in having a male-dominated society. The introduction of psychedelic mushrooms allowed us to enter into a different social organization with gender-equality and group sex (the Dawn of Sex theory). But, as he theorizes, the decline of mushrooms and a realization of agriculture, returned us to the primate hierarchy and civilization (along with all the self-destructive forces that come with the blend of ego and nuclear weapons).

Destry    #16297
Tucson    AZ USA     Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 16:54:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

SEX AT DAWN, 2010, by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha: an expose of the true nature of tribalism.

Branden Gow    #16296
Belle River    ON Canada     Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

We need to spread the word of Ishmael, however we can, whether it be on the corner of a street shouting.

destry    #16295
tucson    az USA     Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 at 16:53:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Human beings will be happier—not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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