- Now and Forever Back in Print—
The Book of the Damned
May 8, 2014
There is quite a saga attached to this book. As most readers know by now, the writing of Ishmael was a twelve-year process that produced eight different versions, the eighth version being Ishmael, the only version in which a telepathic gorilla appears.
When Daniel began the fifth version, The Book of the Damned, in 1981, he was sure he'd found the way the book had to be written—in what he would later call "lightning strikes." He was so excited by what he produced in Part One that he put it in print and took it around to bookstores in Santa Fe, a little 4¼ by 5½ inch 16-pager with it's own special display rack. Oddly enough, the quirky readers of Santa Fe ate it up. (Bookstore owners were complaining that too many copies were being stolen!) (story continues...)
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- Meet Muralist Victor Palenque
March 30, 2014
We've never been able to tell you much about Victor, except for his magnificent "Read Ishmael" murals, of course. But now have a look at this recent interview on the website of the Societé Perrier (yes, THAT Perrier): Apocalypse Now...
- Mural for Spartanburg comes to life!
March 29, 2014
Victor Palenque, working with fellow painter Yamabushi, has completed this remarkable mural -- weeks sooner than we expected! A local bookstore owner came by to tell the artists that Ishmael was flying of the shelf! The mural, a Kickstarter project, made the paper three times in one week. Thank you Victor, Yamabushi, Kickstarter, and all those who donated funds to make this possible!
- A Fascinating Role-playing Game
February 27, 2014
As readers know, Daniel's books have inspired all sorts of things -- songs, films, books, and murals seen all over the Southeastern U.S. We've learned of something else that falls under that heading -- a very deep and sophisticated role-playing game called "The Fifth World." How did the Fifth World get to be the fifth? The First was The world before life; Second, The world of life before Man; Third, The world of Man before the birth of civilization; Fourth, The world of civilization; and Fifth, The neotribal world that emerges after the collapse of civilization.
Its author, Jason Godesky, tells us that he's spent "the better part of a decade" designing this game, "intended to draw players into an animist experience and present a positive vision of the sort of neotribal future we could one day create." Definitely worth a look for role-playing addicts. The beta version, just released, can be seen at The Fifth World.
- Climate change is no joke
January 26, 2014
This short animation from NASA is an easy way to find out how things have been heating up since the 1880s. Watch the Earth warm up.
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.
"I should warn you that people will tell you that the impression I've given you of tribal peoples is a romanticized one. These people believe that Mother Culture speaks the undoubted truth when she teaches that humans are innately flawed and utterly doomed to misery. They're sure that there must be all sorts of things wrong with every tribal way of life, and of course they're correct--if you mean by 'wrong' something you don't like. There are things in every one of the cultures I've mentioned that you would find distasteful or immoral or repugnant. But the fact remains that whenever anthropologists encounter tribal peoples, they encounter people who show no signs of discontent, who do not complain of being miserable or ill-treated, who are not seething with rage, who are not perpetually struggling with depression, anxiety, and alienation."
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