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  • New Collection by Daniel
    Wednesday, January 23, 2014
    The Invisibility of Success puts in print 13 essays and speeches delivered (among others) at the University of Georgia Center for Humanities and Arts (Distinguished Lecturer Series); Sixth Annual Rice University Environmental Conference; the 2000 Houston Youth Environmental Leadership Conference (Keynote address); The 1997 Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education; Earth Day 1998, Kent State University; Student Pugwash Technologies of Peace Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997; The 2000 Fleming Lecture in Religion, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. You may have seen 11 of the lectures, but they have been updated, revised, and improved in important ways for this edition.

    A reader who ordered the book just hours after it appeared had this to say about it: "I've read almost all of this material on your website over the years, but I'm very happy to have all this valuable material in one portable volume. In particular I believe 'Reaching for the Future with All Three Hands' is well-presented. The illustrations you provided of the three handles are very welcome."

    Although the illustrations in this book were originally in full color, Daniel has reworked them so that they function just as well in black and white. To see the paperback and Kindle editions click here.

    To see the edition with its original full-color illustrations (which is, naturally, more expensive) click here.

  • 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!

  • Tune in to KMUD Sunday morning
    March 27, 2014
    The Living Earth Connection, with Amy Gustin, will air a musical performance of spoken word and electric didgeridoo, exploring the nature of life on earth, the human brain, science, and the ecology of beliefs, called The Big Picture. It airs on Sunday, March 30th, at 9:30 a.m. PST and is archived afterward under Spiritual Perspectives on KMUD.

  • 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.

  Civilization isn't a geographical territory, it's a social and economic territory where pharaohs reign and pyramids are built by the masses. Similarly, beyond civilization isn't a geographical territory, it's a social and economic territory where people in open tribes pursue goals that may or may not be recognizably "civilized."

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