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Newest News... (Below item added on May 8, 2014)

Now and Forever Back in Print—
The Book of the Damned

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...)

Click here to read an excerpt.
Click here to see more on Amazon.

Newest News... (Below item added on March 29, 2014)

Mural for Spartanburg comes to life!

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!

Newest News... (Below item added on August 27, 2014)

A new Living Earth Connection episode Sunday morning

Episode #11 of The Living Earth Connection takes a metaphysical look at ecology. Host Amy Gustin interviews writer and musician John Hardin about the nature of space and time, human perception, and the limits of objective science. Drawing on ideas from Kant, Einstein, and Darwin, Hardin builds a case for viewing the earth as an organism, similar in its conclusion to the worldview of indigenous cultures. Tune in on Sunday, August 31, at 9:30 a.m. PST to All episodes of The Living Earth Connection are available at

Newest News... (Below item added on February 27, 2014)

A Fascinating Role-playing Game

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.

Newest News... (Below item added on March 30, 2014)

Meet Muralist Victor Palenque

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...

Newest News... (Below item added on January 26, 2014)

Climate change is no joke

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.


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