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  • A new Living Earth Connection episode Sunday morning
    August 27, 2014
    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

  • 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...)

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

  • 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.

The Book of the Damned 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.

  Theologians of the school of Teilhard de Chardin--Matthew Fox, Thomas Berry, and so on--conceive that the universe turned a great corner when man was born. In us, as they see it, the universe became conscious. This is rather like thinking that, when Edmund Hillary stood on top of it, Mount Everest became tall.



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