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Daryl Martin    #16273
Nederland    tx USA     Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 5:42:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I just Finished Ishmael and I am currently waiting on "The Story of B". Ishmael was absolutely amazing, its the book i have been looking for my whole life, Honored to join this tribe.

Joseph Hunt, 407 1/2 N. 45th Street    #16271
Seattle    WA USA     Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:47:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Just finished reading Ishmael. Curious to know how historically and archealogically (sp?) accurate it is. Nevertheless, we all know we must do something to slow the fall down.

Patricia    #16270
Vancouver    BC CANADA     Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 14:0:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Thank you Daniel Quinn and thank you to those who support this site! We must spread the word! We must return to the hands of the gods before it is too late!

gwagwagwe    #16269
luther    ok USA     Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 14:32:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

On the plateau in the center of the 160 acre landscape you can watch the turkey vultures soaring in the currents created by these sandstone hills and magic Oklahoma winds. This place, the place of my gods, is under attack by this cultures need for food and control. Eight summers ago Gwa was blessed when these hickory forests accepted him as an equal, gave him shelter, food, medicine, and ceremony. In return he and his band of 2-leggeds tread lightly as they gathered the magic given by the plant-spirits and animal-people of this little habitat. With ceremonial grounds established the merry band of bison wandered into the nearby urban jungle creating communities of mutual aid and revolutionary solidarity. This year, 2012, began with a solstice celebrated like none other in recent memory. Then......

The machines arrived. Their rumble sent deer, bobcat, and deer people into flight. The water of the small stream, our closest reliable water source, reflected the enormous arm of the beast. Its yellow claw reached into the lower branches of the elder cottonwood-spirit. The squirrel and tree frog people sprang into the air as the evil fist pressed against the treeflesh. As she began to groan and cry, the worm and mice people ran from the base as the rootball was ripped from the ground. Seventy years of sharing, caring and loving ended within seconds, Machine wins. At the end of this day a swath of terror 300 yards long scarred the land, hundreds of tree-spirits and millions of animal-people murdered. The whispering little creek filled with the blood and bodies, soon to become?

The bison band held council with the community of life that surrounds us and finally consensus was reached. The one remaining Horney toad almost held up the process because he wanted suicide missions against the industry that makes the machine, but he’s always wanting to go out with a bang. The machines will not win. We the inhabitants of this place: the 2-leggeds, the 4-leggeds, winged-ones, and plant-spirits alike are prepared to lay down our lives in defense of Edible Forest Garden (EFG).

Wherever you may be, whatever the skills you may have, if you lives have been touched by GwaGwaGwe and The Bison Band’s search for perception, place, and people, please reach out and help us stop the destruction of this very local ecosystem on the NE corner of Britton and Luther road in NE Oklahoma County. Our future depends on it.

Love to all. GwaChe’ speaking as the Horney toad, a member of the bison band, tribe of the crow, and still a small part of the new tribal revolution.

Patrick McLaughlin    #16268
Port Clinton    OH USA     Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 15:26:0 CST (GMT -6:00)


Things happen. Winter 2011 I found ‘The Holy” for sale at the local library. I bought it, as I can recall, on a lark and possibly from reading the inside dustcover. A few weeks later I read the book in four days. I couldn’t put down this fantastic story with its real “real world” insights. After reading it I spoke of the book during general conversations with friends. I gave it to my sister. She loved reading it and has passed it on. She bought Ishmael and will pass it to me. I hope soon.

Other things have happened. I became an atheist. I enjoyed watching the Nova Kitzmiller v. Dover program. I really enjoyed listening to “Do the Evolution”. I became an admirer of Wangari Maathai. I wrote an angry letter to the ripping them a new one for constantly spamming me with pleas begging for money. I watched a GOP candidate debate just to be aware of all points of view. I decided to not feel helpless.

I am not suggesting a correlation of any of these disjointed events to anything but I do wonder why they are being brought to the forefront of my conscience. Is there a general awakening of the social conscience occurring? I certainly hope the events like Arab Spring and Occupy movements are indications our human collective is rising to challenge and dismantle the old ways. These days having hope makes me happy.

Victor Kragh    #16267
Kingston    NY USA     Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:15:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

The works of Daniel Quinn are relatively new to me. I have read Ishmael and just today, completed the Story of B. Now I'm interested in reading Providence. I welcome making contact with others who have found inspiration in these books.

Zach Stewart    #16266
Seattle    WA USA     Posted: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 22:51:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Almost 1/2 way through Ishmael. Started it a couple hours ago.

william steinbarth    #16260
chicago    il USA     Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 18:31:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Delightfully wonderful......perhaps that light at the end of the tunnel is NOT the train coming head on.

Mike Bender    #16255
Houston    TX USA     Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 23:58:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I read Ishmael in High School and it affected my thinking deely. As an adult, now struggling with all of the problems of western culture as presented in your writing and the work of many others, I find a renewal of hope. Thank you.

Mike    #16254
Maple    ON Canada     Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 16:13:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

A successful businessman from New York, on a touring holiday in Mexico, stopped in a small fishing village. A keen deep-sea fisherman, he paid a boat captain, lounging on the dock, to take him out to out to the reef in his small motorboat. After half an hour the American had caught so many large, high-quality fish that the boat captain suggested they return to shore at once. He remarked that the American could not possibly eat all the fish he caught, and fishing any longer would only result in a greater waste of fish. The American agreed, but on the way back to port, he learned that the fisherman fished for just an hour or two per day. When he asked the fisherman where the rest of the day went, the boat captain said: “I sleep late every morning, have a leisurely breakfast, fish a little, play with my children and have lunch. After lunch my wife and I have a siesta, then in the evenings I go into the village to the tavern where I meet my friends for a drink, play my guitar and sing a few songs before returning home. I lead a full and carefree life.” “But you are wasting a great opportunity!” cried the American. “There are so many fish on the reef that, if you stayed out all day, you could make lots of money. I have a Harvard MBA and I could help you become a successful businessman. If you fished all day, you would make such a profit that soon you could buy a second fishing boat, then another and another. In a few years of hard work, you could own a whole fishing fleet! I could show you how to get bank loans to set up your own fish processing plant, cutting out the middleman. You could be at the head of a large corporation in 15 to 20 years.” “Really? And what after that?” asked the fisherman. “You could list your company on the stock exchange and perhaps move to Mexico City or even Los Angeles as CEO of a big ocean products corporation. With more hard work, and when you have repaid the banks of course, with a little luck you might even have the biggest fisheries operation on the West Coast in, say, another 20 years or so. You could be rolling in money!” “And what after that?” “After that! After building your corporation over a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, you would finally be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors! Every morning you could sleep late, have a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a little fishing, play with your grandchildren, take a siesta after lunch, and spend the evening hours drinking, playing your guitar and singing at the tavern with your friends.”

destry    #16253
tucson    az USA     Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 14:32:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Congratulations Dr. Alan Thornhill!!! And congratulations also to Daniel Quinn, for his Nostradamic prescience: thanks to him we were more prepaired to recognize the real revolution.

In the spirit of forever moving onward, i must recommend that we take the next steps, beyond quinn's teachings, further toward the intimate depths of what it might mean to lead a truly fulfilling life as a free, natural human.

SEX AT DAWN, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá, 2010.

Flip through it and you will understand immediately.

Read it and you will know what to do.

Long live B.

Bob Heral ,    #16252
Benjo    bow USA     Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 0:30:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Awesome! I'll bookmark your website.

vicki v hillstrom, 61728 Aspen ln.    #16251
canyon city    OR - Oregon USA     Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 9:11:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I read Ishmean and The story of B last mpnth and it change my life. Thank-you for being here,I'm so glad to find this site.

Jamie    #16250
   USA     Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 at 17:4:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

7,000,000,000 people today!!

Regis (DurgaDas) Chapman    #16248
Nanaimo    BC Canada     Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 21:27:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Thanks for writing this excellent book. I've spent many years in an ashram, and I've taught yoga in it's classical sense for the last ten years. I enjoyed this book because it gave me a story to hang my own understanding of what is happening on.

It occurs to me that this story is very much a story in the Hindu way- very left-brained, yet informed by the inclusiveness and compassion of the right.

This book will serve as an excellent teaching tool for the Western mind, which seems to require you to spend a long time talking the left brain into the fact that everything's OK.

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