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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Reprint edition (December 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In his introduction to this wide-ranging collection, author and "psychonaut" Pinchbeck (2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl) reaffirms his hypothesis that, based on Mayan predictions, "December 12, 2012 may usher in a new world age" necessitating a "rapid evolution of collective intelligence" in order to avoid cataclysm. A year ago, Pinchbeck and collaborator Jordan (an "online pioneer") launched the web journal Reality Sandwich to bring together the diverse range of voices exploring "current processes of spirtual and material transformation... usually outside the mainstream." This anthology culls 36 wide-ranging essays from the site covering everything from metaphics to geopolitics in sections on Community, Art, Sex and the Shamanic. Alberto Villodo describes the healing practices of "jaguar medicine"; John Major Jenkins looks at how hallucinogens explain Mayan astronomical discoveries; ST Frequency dresses down "pseudo-shaman" Carlos Castaneda, whose drug tourism threatens indigenous Mexican cultures. Closer to home, a writer who goes by Homegrown Evolution gives tips on how to grow guerilla gardens on vacant lots, and Ken Jordan writes an appreciation of Abbie Hoffman, the '60s activist who brought the NYSE to a halt by showering money on the "suits." Not every essay will connect, but anyone interested in the future or the fringe should find some thought-provoking reading among them.
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About the Author

Author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep personal roots in the New York counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s. His father was an abstract painter, and his mother, Joyce Johnson, was a member of the Beat Generation and dated Jack Kerouac as On the Road hit the bestseller lists in 1957 (chronicled in Johnson’s bestselling book, Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir). Pinchbeck was a founder of the 1990s literary magazine Open City with fellow writers Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. He has written for many publications, including Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. In 1994, he was chosen by The New York Times Magazine as one of “Thirty Under Thirty” destined to change our culture.

Pinchbeck lives in New York’s East Village, where he is editorial directory of Reality Sandwich ( He writes a column, Prophet Motive, for Conscious Enlightment publishing (, which appears in Conscious Choice (Chicago), Conscious Choice (Seattle), Whole Life Times (LA), and Common Ground (SF).

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By OUChris on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I saw this book in the "new non-fiction" section at Borders. With all the hoopla lately surrounding 2012, I figured I'd pick this up. Now, I knew about Dec. 21 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar before this, but had only seen video and snippets online (i.e. David Wilcock's Enigma 2012 which is pretty fascinating)

First, let me say this book will NOT be sufficient for information specifically on 2012 and what may or may not happen (depending on who/what you read/see). It isn't designed to be. The second part of the title says it all: Perspectives on the next age.

I've found there are pretty much two categories of 2012 believers: That the world is going to end (in some type of apocalypse) or that there will be a massive cosmic awakening of consciousness. If you fall in the latter, this book is for you.

In other words, it discusses many ideas for those WANTING to change consciously/spiritually. 2012 in my opinion can be used like any religion, as a placebo. A placebo to change who you want to be hopefully for the better. So, for example, if you've never heard of Abbie Hoffman (like me) you'll be introduced to him and what he and others did in the 60's and 70's as kind of a mini-revolution of the mind through action. As well, it talks about all of the "typical" subjects that would be associated with 2012 like meditation, yogi's, dreams, shamanism, psychadelics, etc.

I have a philosophy to "be open". This book is perfect for that type of philosophy. Just the right mix of "say what?" with "now that makes sense!"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nova137 on July 30, 2009
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Toward 2012

OK. This book is for the very open minded. It will not appeal to everyone. Some of it did not appeal to me, initially. The reason? It's not because it's a New Age book (it is); it's not because it's about end-times (it is and it isn't). It's because it's just simply, in total, going to be way to far-out for most. Its advantage? Mayan end-times are little understood (it doesn't go into that though); it has several very interesting (and down-to-earth) essays of historical significance (Section III of the book titled "Art" has several, including one on Stanley Kubrick. Section V's section "Sex" and has an has an interesting essay on Abbie Hoffman of the NYSE infamy entitled "Engagement").

There is a great intro by one of the editors, Daniel Pinchbeck. Let me quote his opening paragraph, "A long time ago, Karl Marx realized that modernity was based on successive revolutions in which `all that is solid melts into air,' as the force of capitalism reshapes society and tears apart ecosystems. In our time, this process of melting down and vaporizing has reached a new level of speed and violence. When we face the future, there seems to be nothing we can grasp with certainty. Not only our economic system and the future of our civilization, but the integrity of our environment and the continuity of the human species--along with most other species who share this planet with us--are immediately endangered. At such a threshold, everything is up for grabs, and all beliefs are open for questioning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Weaver on February 20, 2009
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For those who aren't quite satisfied with the content of the book, I must encourage any readers to visit the Reality Sandwich website. Most of the articles in the book appeared there first, and there are, in some cases, very long and interesting discussion threads accompanying each article - often involving the author of the piece. I personally enjoyed the book as is, but after going to the website and delving more into each article, I found that I was much more satisfied with the overall experience.

Here's hoping that there will be more books from Daniel and his editorial's refreshing to see so many viewpoints, and no one claiming that "this is the only true way!"
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brizdaz on July 16, 2011
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Nice collection of thought provoking essays from the crew at Reality
To quote the blurb on the back cover,for those readers who are expecting a book on doomsday predictions.

"While some see 2012-the end of the Mayan calendar-as a doomsday deadline,the authors of these challenging and engaging essays envision an ongoing transformation of human culture and consciousness."

The date is more about being a destination that we are heading towards
(and through),and the planning for our journey onwards,past that year,and into the future of this planet that we all live on.With some ideas to mull over while we are crossing the threshold to the next age...not necessarily a new one.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Merrifield on January 22, 2009
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Toward 2012 brings together some of the best articles from the Reality Sandwich website, making it on of the most interesting and wide ranging books out there on the transformational times in which we live. Its not just a book its a flight manual. See you in the non-ordinary realities.
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