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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 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 September 4, 2014)

Entire Food Production and Population Growth video now on YouTube!

Click on the headline to get all the information and links to the videos at YouTube.

Newest News... (Below item added on September 5, 2014)

ALARMIST: Victor Palenque paintings on view through 10/12/14

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.

Newest News... (Below item added on September 18, 2014)

The Teachings -- The Latest from Daniel

"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.

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Newest News... (Below item added on October 16, 2014)

Let's get rid of all those damned wolves!

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)

Newest News... (Below item added on September 4, 2014)

Help KickStart a permaculture learning center for Barbados

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.

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.

Newest News... (Below item added on 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


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