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    Sunday October 12, 2014
    I can't imagine doing anything that would be more useful than what I've done here, assembling the quintessential elements of all these books in a single volume. I'll never produce anything more gratifying to me or more valuable to my readers. No book in my future will ever be as important as this one.

    The Teachings exists to bring readers to eight books -- four of them published by Random House: Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael and Beyond Civilization. In spite of this, Random House declined to publish it, perhaps assuming that the millions of readers who haven't read anything beyond Ishmael will probably not read this book either.

    Even if you yourself don't belong to the target group for this book, I hope you'll spread the word about it. Readers spreading the word is what made Ishmael a book read by millions. Click here to check it out.

    As you can imagine, I very much want to prove the pessimists at Random House wrong!

    --Daniel Quinn

  • New Newsletter from Creator of Many Quinn-Inspired Projects
    November 28, 2014

    We just received information about a new free subscription newsletter being offered by Howard Ditkoff, who’s had a long association with Ishmael and us. We think it might be of interest to many of you. To find out more about this new venture and how you can subscribe to it, click on the headline.

  • Hear Lively DQ Interview on KMUD This Sunday
    November 27, 2014

    Sunday, November 30, Episode #12 of The Living Earth Connection features Daniel talking with Amy Gustin about his new book, The Teachings That Came Before and After Ishmael. For a wide-ranging exploration of Daniel Quinn's life's work, tune in at 9:30 a.m. PST to KMUD. Daniel called this "the best interview he’s ever had," and he really gets going.

    This and past episodes of The Living Earth Connection are also available at WordPress on The Living Earth Connection.

  • What the Sixth Extinction is all about
    November 16, 2014

    This is what awaits your children: Global disaster in 33 years.

    Click on the headline above for the link to Daniel’s comments on this story.

  • Let's get rid of all those damned wolves!
    October 16, 2014

    I think not. Watch this brilliant short film to see how well the living community works when LEFT ALONE (or put back the way it was)

    October 12, 2014

    The Teachings is a big book, almost exactly twice as long as Ishmael, offering generous selections from eight different books -- two that were written before Ishmael and six that were written after it.

    The excerpts from the selections are quite short, being on average about two pages long. You can get to them here.

    Excerpts - Book Covers

    Click here for more information
    about The Teachings

The Teachings front cover


  • Pan Earth: a site dedicated to a scientific, holistic approach to world problems (and population in particular).

  • Read Ishmael: a site created by Quinn readers to reach out to other prospective readers.

  • Friends of Ishmael Society: find local groups (and more).

  • Cultural Survival: partnering with indigenous peoples to defend their lands, languages, and cultures.

  • Sacred Land Film Project: dedicated to protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and action.

  • Ishmael's Annex: your source for shirts, bumper stickers, and other Ishmael-related artifacts (featuring DQ designs). It provides much of the funding that keeps this website going.

  • Here are some new Facebook pages established by people who want to share and discuss Daniel's work and related subjects. They're all somewhat different, depending on the focus of the creator, so check them out and interact with them as you see fit.

  To figure out a better response to failure than doing more of what didn't work last year, you don't (as they say) have to be a rocket scientist. I'd formulate it this way: If it didn't work last year or the year before that or the year before that--or any year in recorded history--then TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

Beyond Civilization


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