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Eve Fischer    #16442
Yonkers    NY USA     Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 17:49:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

In the months after reading "Ishmael", "Providence" and "The Story of B", I found myself going through cycles of elation that the blinders had been removed from my eyes and depression (that the blinders had been removed...). I have been trying to enroll family and friends into reading these books, but I find that many people don't want to. I guess I scare them off when I say that these are the most important books I've ever read and they have changed my view of life. I started to think that I don't even want to be friends with anyone who hasn't and/or won't read these books. I know that sounds terrible....Anyway and so to put it positively, I would like to meet up with people who have read "Ishmael". Anyone in NYC? Single, tall, handsome men 38-55 with a good sense of humor, especially? :-)

Sam    #16441
   USA     Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:13:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

DQ sent this as a reply to the last post. Thank you for your post, Paresh: "Hope grows dim indeed with news like this,, that the oceans will be dead in 33 years. But this is on the assumption that we continue down this insane path for those 33 years. We need not, but we will unless millions and finally billions of changed minds say “No more!” The choices that must be taken will be painful, but even immense pain is preferable to extinction, and that’s what we’re facing unless . . . unless we change profoundly and soon. Ishmael’s directive has never been more urgent: Teach a hundred and urge each of them to teach a hundred (and these books of mine are nothing more than tools to make the teaching easier)."

Paresh Devani    #16440
Nairobi    NBI Kenya     Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:39:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I first heard about Daniel Quinn and these books only a few weeks back from a friend, and wondered: how could I have missed them before? I guess sometimes, in the involved courses of our lives, you miss out...I have now read and enjoyed Ishmael and The Story of B, but even more, had many ideas which I had thought about previously in a somewhat disjointed manner, articulated and clarified for me in a very understandable way. I can no longer think about humanity, our culture, conventional notions of religion, or the direction of our collective journey, in the same way. Honestly, it is worrying and disturbing, and I feel quite shaken, particularly as the state of the planet and our 'civilisation' is so much more alarming only two decades after these works were written. The unopened parachute is plunging ever downward, the cauldron has gone beyond there really hope for us?

Austin Kasserman    #16439
   USA     Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:40:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Relevant, profound, urgent, life-changing, revolutionary... I don't think words can describe the importance of the ideas in Ishmael.

Everyone needs to read Ishmael.

Richard and Joan Pehlman    #16437
Fleetwood    Pa. USA     Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:50:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I , Richard am in the process of rereading Ishmael and all of your books actually . My wife and I have read them several years ago and now that I've retired I felt the need to revisit them . I just finished Ishmael and I must say your work if nothing else is thought provoking . No question the best thing I've ever read .Thank you for hopefully changing many minds , and perhaps starting a revolution .

Destry    #16436
Portland    OR USA     Posted: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 18:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Thought folks might find this interesting. I'd typed "how do tribal peoples die" into google and one of the top links (copied below) contained the following. I honestly wish it were satire.

Why do we allow primitive tribes to still exist ?,

I think this is extremely uncivilized and inhumaneness that we still allow primitive tribes to exist in in the 21 century. Do we not help them under the pretext that ' they are happy that way' ? But this would be the same as saying lets give candies to a baby and allow him to eat sugar as much as he likes because he is happy that way ? Or, lets allow babies to run around naked in the cold because he is happy that way ? Of course he is feeling happy, a uneducated baby doesn't care about illness and stuff like that. It is our responsibility to protect and educate our children right ? I see the same thing with the tribes. We should bring them to our cities and educate them, and if after that they still want to go back to the jungle and hunt fish, then it would be their freedom or choice. But i guarantee you they would not go back to the jungle, as they will be educated. It is our obligation as humans to bring them our of the primitive environment they are living in, and educate them, help them learn and become civilized, and only then they would have more tools of making decisions. I can't believe we are allowing primitive tribes to still exists.. This is like giving a birth a child and then leave it in the jungle and watch him grow because he LOOKS happy. What the hell ? This extremely inhumaneness act and should rethink our actions immediately.

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Michael Harmon    #16435
Murray    KY USA     Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 23:41:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hi, I am fairly amazed at how accurate and comprehensive Quinn's explanation of human culture is. Indeed I am scrambling to alter my life's work to accommodate the perspective.

I am working on a contextual examination of the role of instinct in human perception. It asserts that the true neurological context of human perception is primarily instinctive and only secondarily rational, even though we behave quite to the contrary.

Anyway, I was hoping to converse with some fellow readers to get further insight on how my work might convey these monumentally contextual truths encountered in Ishmael without passing them through my personal glass darkly.

Maggie Contreras    #16434
Los Angeles    CA USA     Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 18:26:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Read it at 15. Changed my life. Read it at 30 (just finished) same reaction only more profound. I still gasped at the carnival site when we find out he's gone.

Mitch Kafka    #16433
Renton    WA USA     Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 18:56:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

The Story of B bookclub meeting on Takerland Diaries webisode 8:


"For me, it’s this vision of life---animism---what our ancestors felt and lived, that got me here. Keeps me going. Makes me appreciate the world, often as I forget. I read part of “Story of B” that captures what I feel; what Shirin says to Jared. It’s how I felt as a little girl--- when I read it the first time I cried. How I still feel, I guess, ‘cause I started tearing up reading it--- as Michael said, that’s more than rare! When I finish, everyone’s quiet. Then it just…opens us all up. It gets personal. Wasn’t about human history. It was about our ancestors. Who we are. I want to read it again; go to sleep, maybe dream of endless fields of grass."

Mitch Kafka    #16432
Renton    WA USA     Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 21:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Find out how the Daniel Quinn meetup went in webisode 7 of Takerland Diaries at:


Eyes opened by the writings of Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael, Elisa's vlog entries capture the experiences, emotions and perceptions of life in Takerland—the chaotic whirlpool of modern civilization. Relationships, spirituality, and sanity are at stake as Elisa tries her best to spread the word, save the world, or sometimes just get through another day. New webisodes every Wednesday.

Mitch Kafka    #16431
Renton    WA USA     Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 19:22:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Takerland Diaries webisode 6 now online at:


"Feel like I’m dealing with so much unrelated to what matters. In the movies when the world’s in danger, there’s aliens to blast, zombies to ward off, asteroids to blow up before they bop you on the head. But this—it’s so insidious you don’t even see it. When have you ever seen a species going extinct---for real, not a one hour National Geographic special? Or the climate changing—not the weather—I mean the whole planet transforming into some place uninhabitable for human life?"

Mitch Kafka    #16430
Renton    WA USA     Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 13:28:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Check out the first five webisodes of Takerland Diaries on youtube at:


Eyes opened by the writings of Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael, Elisa's vlog entries capture the experiences, emotions and perceptions of life in Takerland—the chaotic whirlpool of modern civilization. Relationships, spirituality, and sanity are at stake as Elisa tries her best to spread the word, save the world, or sometimes just get through another day. New webisodes every Wednesday.

Sam    #16428
   USA     Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 13:45:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Daniel replies:

I do indeed "keep getting these messages from random people," and they always serve to fill me with wonder and gratitude that I somehow had it in me to achieve such a thing and to deserve such rewards. Someday I hope to understand why the vast majority of readers who are moved by Ishmael stop with that book and never read on to see what's in The Story of B, My Ishmael, and Beyond Civilization; if they did, I'm sure they would find each to be the equal of the first -- no less mind-bending and no less important.

David Nassim    #16427
Stone    Bucks UK     Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:49:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Dear Daniel,

This is really just a thank you letter. I wanted to reach out to the person that through some deep inspiration of obviously profound connection to life, has been able to write such amzing words that remain in my heart. Ishmael still is with me in all the things I do and in all the directions of my life now as a constant reminder of the new direction we are taking. I hope that you keep getting these messages from random people all your days telling you how much they love you and what you have openned for many of us, as this will mean that the change keeps growing ever larger and is passed on generation to the next, .....if i ever have children they will hear Ishmael.

With love and thanks always

David Nassim

Angel Garcia    #16425
   USA     Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:43:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Love the book Ishmael! Solidified a lot of my views on life. Here is an article I found that reminds me of your book.

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