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This blog post is serving as a bookmark for the recently deactivated website, which I used to maintain.

After reading Ishmael and some of Daniel Quinn's other books and finding them moving and challenging, I ended up being involved in creating and hosting several conferences for other people who wanted to discuss the ideas in the books. Those happened in Richmond, Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, etc in the late 90s and early 2000s, and were usually called "IshCon" or some variant of that name.

I also created an online news and discussion community for fans and frenemies of the books ( that was quite active up until it was deactivated in 2005.

I'm grateful to have met and talked with Daniel and his wife Rennie a few times.  There are few books in the world that I can honestly say have significantly transformed my path in life, and Ishmael is one of them. Despite no longer being involved in some of the projects noted above, I continue to be informed and shaped by the amazing people, conversations and ideas that I encountered in that time.

Update August 2019: there's an expanded reflection on my experiences with IshCon in this essay.

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