This slender volume—a place marker in Quinn's philosophical oeuvre about mankind's relationship to nature (including the trilogy Ishmael, The Story of B and My Ishmael)—is as slight as the winsome aphorism in its title. Two-thirds of the book is a lightly edited transcript of a rambling, three-day dialogue between Quinn and a fan who spent Thanksgiving 2005 weekend with him in his Houston home "to nail down the ideas she had explored in my books." For Quinn, a related goal was to answer the question, "How do you do what you do?" for himself. The result provides no startling insights for anyone familiar with the author's essential thinking, though it does occasionally depict Quinn as a cranky and condescending guru, as he challenges his visitor on such topics as world history, religion and God's compassion, abortion and capital punishment, and overpopulation. The essence of the q&a exercise boils down to challenging received wisdom, pulling back to look at the big picture and examining all assumptions. Two essays, one on whether humanity can save itself from environmental doom and one on animism as religion, add some much-needed heft. (Jan.)
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Wow. I wish there was a clue to what we could do with this knowledge! A brilliant mind wrote this book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Margo
Thought provoking, although not quite on a par with the other books of his that I've read, still very worth the read.Published on May 19, 2013 by fran
Thought provoking and brilliant as always.. An absolute must for those who wish to see the world from an alien anthropologists perception.Published on March 1, 2013 by James S. Brewington
The audio of this book was horrible! It was read like a play..."daniel: his line. "Elaine: then her line.
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I think this was my 6th or 7th Daniel Quinn book and I found it to be very helpful, entertaining, and enlightening. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by SubversiveMama