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Scott    #15991
Lincoln    Nebraska USA     Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 14:34:0 CST (GMT -6:00)


I've noticed that Ishmael is selling very well on Amazon lately. It's ranked at #534 right now. I've seen it as high as #350 over the Summer. So no shortage of interest--with nothing more than word-of-mouth advertising. Not bad for an 18 year old book!

I saw Instinct on cable the other night -- time for someone to take another stab at an Ishmael movie, or better yet, The Story of B!

Destry    #15988
Phoenix    AZ USA     Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 3:25:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Where Have All the Copies of Ishmael Gone? My observation is that the Quinn section of corporate bookstores is shrinking. I hope it's either a recent flurry of new purchases, or the lull before a coming storm of new thinking!

Sam    #15985
   USA     Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009 at 18:50:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Checking the website. Sam

Sam    #15970
   USA     Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 5:2:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hi Elizabeth-

Thanks for your post. Check out the Q and A section of the website, as well as the other information and essays available here. Maybe you will get a chance to read My Ishmael, Providence, Beyond Civilization and the rest of Daniel's books. They each have something to say to your question.

In a general sense, you have surely picked up the premise, There is no one right way to live. So,you are open to do what you do best, with your changed mind. Other people who read this guest book will, no doubt, share their thoughts with you.

Best regards, Sam

Elizabeth Lowrey    #15969
China Spring    Tx USA     Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 2:33:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Have read Ishmael and just finished the Story of B.. great work and way to make people think. Ready to start my own tribe! Where do I go from here.?

Sam    #15963
   USA     Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 13:33:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hi All-

Here is the link to a very good website about ISHMAEL:

LINK to copy and paste in case the link doesn't work.

See what you think...


Randall Phillips    #15958
Nashville    TN USA     Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:10:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

When I read Ishmael for the first time, I said to myself, "Finally, someone else out there in the world that sees things as I do. I am not alone."

Drew    #15957
Nashua    NH USA     Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 17:38:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

An interesting tale of a real man gone to living in the hands of the gods. I'm not sure if I'm of healthy enough stock to pull this off, but I did find it a wonderful story none-the-less.

Lyn E. H. Martin    #15952
Louisville    Ky USA     Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 21:36:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I find the information in Daniel Quinn's books to be invaluable. His works put into words so much of what has haunted me all of my life about the culture in which I have always lived.

Jack Lovern    #15951
Marietta    GA USA     Posted: Monday, July 6, 2009 at 21:27:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

After reading Ishmael, I wanted to abandon all of my possessions and run off into the woods. Ishmael made me think a lot about life and question some of the ways that i lived. Ishmael made sense of things that i wondered about. I cannot say that ishmael completely transformed my life, but it has changed the way that i see media and pop culture.

Zot Lynn Szurgot    #15938
taker    thunderbolt     Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 11:8:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Has anyone here read Daniel Quinn's "Ishmael"? Discussion within the most recent week: reddit discuss

Godan Nambudiripad    #15937
Burnsville    MN USA     Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 at 20:13:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

This book seems to have somethings in common with Hindu cosmology:

1. The old days about 5,000 years ago was better for the world. The period which started 5110 or so years ago marks the bad era for the world and the tedencies of people of this era will end up with a calamitous end to the world as we know it.

2. The world does not belong to us, we belong to the world. The thread that runs trhough all of us is the same that runs through all living beings.

A more knowledgeable person than me can probably find more items of similarities in the percpective.

Krista Bauer Cutter    #15933
Kapaau    HI USA     Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 19:43:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Please watch the movie on youtube called "Home". It's 90 minutes of the most beautiful filming I've ever seen. And it fits right in with what DQ writes about.

I sincerely hope DQ sees this.

Zot Lynn Szurgot    #15927
inboxed    outboxing     Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 at 14:21:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

[continued] ... [mismatch between coevolved humans-as-we-are] and the sort of idealized humans our institutions expect us to be does lead to overdiagnosing and overmedicating, and overlooking the needs kids have to be outside, to play group games where they can argue over the rules without adult supervision, to develop their decision skills, and to spin their own yarns.

Zot Lynn Szurgot    #15926
deposing    outposing     Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 at 14:18:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

"indigo children"? Dan Quinn speaks of a culture-in-decline neediness: "we Takers are a desperately lost and needy people. It was this neediness, I think, that first made us yearn to be loved by God (an idea completely foreign to the animist mentality) and that made us dream of eternities of bliss after lifetimes of emptiness... we nowadays need to ... bend spoons with our minds, ... to have a soul reading, to visit a sacred energy vortex--and this hardly scratches the surface." Those fantasies, and another projected onto kids, rather than restructure our group relations. Todd, i do think that a mismatch between coevolved humans-as-we-are and ...

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