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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

  • 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

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    about The Teachings

  • The Teachings -- The Latest from Daniel
    September 18, 2014

    "It was a long time coming -- fifteen years or so -- but something strange finally made its way to my attention. Of the millions who have read Ishmael about 90% of them stopped there. Have never read ANY of the works that FOLLOWED it.

    "This prompted me to put together a book specifically for these millions -- a book designed to show them what they're missing. I've called it a book of appetizers -- generous samples of all the books they haven't tasted -- the two that came before Ishmael: Tales of Adam and The Book of the Damned; and the six that came after Ishmael: Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael, Beyond Civilization, The Invisibility of Success, and If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways.

    "Strangely, Random House, which published the first four that came after Ishmael, declined to publish this one. Obviously they think that the millions who stopped after reading Ishmael are going to STAY stopped. I'm hoping to prove them wrong, so this time things are going to be different.

    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    The Teachings That Came Before and After Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

    The Teachings That Came Before and After Ishmael

    by Daniel Quinn

    Giveaway ends October 25, 2014.

    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

    Enter to win

  • ALARMIST: Victor Palenque paintings on view through 10/12/14
    September 5, 2014
    If you missed Friday's opening night festivities at the Low Brow Artique gallery in Brooklyn, NY you can still see paintings by artist Victor Palenque (AKA Ishmael), creator of the mural that is the cover photo for the DQ Facebook page (and many others). These paintings are on wood, and while not specifically Ishmael-related as many of his murals are, they express his vision of the world. Check out his website Alarmist exhibit. Or get gallery information at Low Brow Artique.

  • Help KickStart a permaculture learning center for Barbados
    September 4, 2014
    Join Kenton Zerbin and a small, dedicated team whose goal is to help Barbadians counteract the effects of intensive sugarcane farming and restore their land to provide sustainable life for both the land and the people.

    They need to raise $50,000 in their KickStarter campaign to get this project underway. Click on the headline to learn more or get all the facts by going directly to Permaculture KickStarter Campaign.

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.

  The border that rippled outward in all directions from the Fertile Crescent wasn't a national border, it was a cultural one. It wasn't soldiers who conquered the Old World, it was farmers, who taught their neighbors, who taught their neighbors, who taught their neighbors, taking the message outward in a circle ever-widening until it enclosed all but the undiscovered New World on the other side of the planet.

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