Daniel Quinn's "Ishmael" Turns 30


From the desk of Popol Golem, Chief Editor:


It was a while ago now, I think, time slips faster and faster sometimes, and I have a greater tendency to forget things (see also: The Great Forgetting). In any case, I was a younger man, and still teaching back then. And it was a funny sort of coincidence that a student of mine would give me a book that was about a man who was looking for a teacher, and, in turn, more so really, about a teacher who was looking for a student—in order to save the world.



The book was Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I had never heard of the book or the author, but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Maybe this happened to you too, or maybe you’re only just now finding out about this book, or maybe you’ve got a copy and never read it. Yet.