Adam and Abel, from Daniel Quinn's Tales of Adam excerpts... Strangely reminiscent of Abraham and Isaac? ;-P
Excuse me, this feels more like a 10 of Wands than a 7 of Cups scenario....let me out!!! And did not the 10 of Wands scenario feel like an Isaac-sacrificed-on-the-altar-of-Abraham scenario (while we seem on the theme of biblical/Tarot scenarios)....Damn you to hell, Dan Quinn, if you will not get back to me in the next few days (of biomass extinction), because you promise interactivity, but do not provide it ;-P
Man Behind the Curtain"
by Wendy du Bow
"What's happening is that _Ishmael_ -- a tale told by an ape, full of logic and conscience, signifying everything -- is being passed from hand-to-hand throughout the country. It's being taught in grade, college prep and remedial education schools, in universities and in a wide variety of staff-development programs. One book at a time, it has sold over 200,000 copies -- even though the first agent who read the manuscript told Quinn, "trash it" and "get on with your life". Quinn refused.
In 1989, he submitted the manuscript to the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship competition for fiction that aims for creative, positive solutions to global problems. To the chagrin of two of the judges, Peter Matthiesen and Willeam Styron, who felt that no single book should receive all the prize money, Quinn walked away with first prize, half a million dollars. Finally, he could stop writing the book he had rewritten seven times over 12 years.
Haha, Quinn, you laugh all the way to the bank? ;-P
"My life's work was achieved, so now I could take it easy", he says. While he hung out with his wife, Rennie, published short stories and collaborated with Tom Whalen on the soon-to-be-published "A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife", those 4,000 letters began arriving.
Overwhelming public response means that Quinn now as four phone lines in his house and must rent an office in downtown Austin so he can work without interruption.
And work he does. In his latest book, Providence: the Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest , Quinn narrates the story of his life, as if to anonymous readers who have awakened him in the middle of the night. "I'd always been very reluctant to write about myself", he explains. "Who cares about Daniel Quinn? I don't considered that false modesty; it's realistic". But enough readers demonstrated that they did care about the man behind the book, and this one's for them.
You wanker, Quinn, we wanted to know about solutions to global problems, not you, you bludger!
>He doesn't expect immediate change, though, instead "in about 30 years, things will begin to happen ... _Ishmael_ will be forgotten. Daniel Quinn will be forgotten. But the fact that a whole generation read this book will change the way people see things. I liken it to Sigmund Freud; nowadays his ideas are commonplace; they've changed the way we live". He pauses. "You can see I don't lack ambition".
You wanker, Quinn! Promise everything, deliver nothing,and in the meantime rake in half a million dollars profits...you...you...Taker, you!!!
Hope the IRS guys suitably ripped you off in tax ;-P *grr*
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