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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 (www.realitysandwich.com). He writes a column, Prophet Motive, for Conscious Enlightment publishing (www.cemagazines.com), which appears in Conscious Choice (Chicago), Conscious Choice (Seattle), Whole Life Times (LA), and Common Ground (SF).



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Losing his Edge? 18 octobre 2010
Par R. Elliott Ingersoll - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I worry about Daniel Pinchbeck. After studying and enjoying his first two thought-provoking works, this one strikes me as bitter essays from an isolated person who rather than being "on the edge" is losing his edge.

There are many interesting themes but nothing really new. Where he could have spent time trying to verify the phenomena he covered in his 2012 book, he just leaps into new speculations. While there is plenty to check out (e.g. the action of electromagnetic fields on the mind/brain unit) he bypasses recent developments (repetitive Magnetic Transcranial Stimulation) and settles for speculation ("electromagnetic or acoustic energy waves can alter individual's hardware system and manipulate data stored in their psyche" p. 64).

Most problematic for me is his tendency to bifurcate large issues. Numerous times he makes statements like "the fall of capitalism and the crisis of the biosphere could induce mass despair and misery, or they could impel the creative adaptation and conscious evolution of the human species" (p. 129). Well, there is a whole gray area between those extremes including what we are doing now - limping along in denial.

Another thing that bothered me was I recall Pinchbeck mentioning a wife or "partner" and having a child in his 2012 book (pp. 62 and 73 in 2012 respectively). In this book he mentions "separation from my last partner" (p.35) and there is no mention of his child (or any other). This is a fatal flaw in utopian and dystopian art/literature whether the rantings of Ayn Rand or the Martix movies - children rarely can be fit into the two-dimensional scenarios that utopias and dystopias rely on. Pinchbeck seems to miss children and their place in the world as well (though to be fair he makes some stunning observations about the mental experience of the child in the last essay in this book).

Reflecting on what he shares about his relationships and his aspirations about humanity I find a huge gap between his ideas and what he shares about his life. On the one hand he speculates that 2012 may be a "tipping point" where a new consciousness grips humanity and we all work out our issues. On the other hand it appears that he can't even keep a nuclear family together. I don't mean this to be ad hominem but it does make me wonder. If he can't find a way to keep a family together what evidence would he offer that billions of human beings (many illiterate and fueled with ethic hatred) are all of a sudden going to recognize the common boat we're all in and start working together?

Finally there is a sad and touching essay about the death of his father that ends the book. Perhaps the reader should start with that as in it he offers some psychological clues to how he sees himself. He reports that his father was a recluse artist who worked feverishly yet never achieved acceptance in the commercial world. He describes his mother and father meeting at a party (p.177) much the same way he (Pinchbeck) and his last partner met at a similar party (p. 62 in 2012). He draws many parallels between himself and his father in particular their shared sense of isolation and idealism.

I hope that he can end the resemblence there and bring himself more into the mainstream. Perhaps that is just my twisted belief in happy endings but I hope he finds a way to overcome his alienation. He is an important social commentator capable of deeper work than "Notes from Edge Times."
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Daniel Pinchbeck comes down to earth. 11 décembre 2010
Par Carl Frank - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Folks looking to Daniel Pinchbeck to provide them with further power plant-fueled spiritual insight or interesting commentary on strange phenomena may be disappointed. This book is for people who have moved beyond "Can you help me sort myself out?" and "What the heck is going on?" and are now asking "What can we do?" As is the case with many artists and writers, Pinchbeck moves at a pace that may be inconsistent with many members of his/her audience and as such they get left behind. Moving beyond contemplation and toward action, this book asks (and answers) many extremely difficult questions facing our world today and does so without degenerating into mystical concepts that so often follow this type of information. "Notes...." is a cold bucket of water in the face and offers real-world, practical, doable solutions that anyone, not just the "enlightened", can try out for themselves. The suggestion here is that in order to transform the deteriorating, toxic world of human affairs as it currently exists, we must not challenge it or seek to destroy it through confrontational means, we must simply abandon it and start building a better one alongside of it. As we lemmings blindly follow the herd and race to our death, Daniel Pinchbeck has seen the cliff and is standing off to one side, calling out to anyone near enough to hear him: "Hey! Over here!"
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Valuable Essays 11 décembre 2010
Par Scott Grimmwise - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is a collection of essays culled from the author's website over several years' time. That being the case, a hardcover edition feels like overkill. That said, it delivers what it promises. I appreciate the multiple references to Buckminster Fuller, whose work is increasing relevant in this 'touch-and-go' world.

As always, I've added several obscure writers/thinkers to my reading list. Can't wait to see what 2013 looks like!
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Notes From The Edge 30 novembre 2010
Par Anthony - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If your looking to buy this book with the expectation that Pinchbeck is going to share tons of new insight on many of the topics from his incredible last two books, don't. This book isn't a book in the normal sense that every chapter in it is all supposed to interconnect and introduce new ideas to the reader, rather it is what it says it is. A collection of essays from his Reality Sandwhich site dating back to 2007. For the commenter below who just simply dismissed the book as a "advertisement for his Evolver website", well that couldn't be further from the truth. There is only one chapter towards the end of the book that discusses how it came about, and even still , if this book is promoting his website, let him. Where is the harm in informing the blinded mainstream society about a site devoted to "contributing to a new planetary culture based on ecological values, creative collaboration, and conscious evolution." I have become an avid reader of everything that Pinchbeck has put out so far, and am currently in the process of finishing up both "2012: The Return of Quetzacoatl" and "Breaking Open the Head". That being said, despite the redundancy in the theme of some of his messages, I still found lots of the essays insightful and thought provoking. I feel as if this book is best suited as an introduction to some of Pinchbecks ideas and philosophies, and if you are new to his works, I'd say pick this one up first. I also found this book useful since it led me to the discovery of many books and authors that I hadn't known of before, such as Naomi Klein and Richard Greer. So for those familiar with Pinchbeck's work, don't shy away from this book due to the reviews below. I still found a bevy of information that wasn't present in his past works. For those new to Pinchbeck, pick this up , as its a proper primer for both "2012" and "Breaking Open The Head."
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
He looks at life from both sides now 17 juin 2011
Par Robert Eliason - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It really saddens me to see this book selling for so little on Amazon. A positive side is that anyone can afford it. I also find it disheartening to read the negative reviews from some people who were looking for something they did not find here. I cannot speak for them, but I am an avid reader and this is one of the most valuable books I have read this year and the first review I have written in several years.
I am quite familiar with Pinchbeck's "Breaking Open the Head" but only marginally in his book on 2012, having intentionally avoided books on prophecy. And while both of these books merit high praise, his "Notes From The Edge Times" resonates with me at a more primal level. Its heartfelt honesty is brutal, as are several books by others who have experienced a degree of ego death. This is particularly true of his final poignant chapter.
Daniel Pinchbeck has an endearing way (to this reader) of presenting his view with impassioned clarity and then expressing a "maybe not but let us watch and see" rebuttal. I also appreciated the mention of his works with Evolver.net and Reality Sandwich, though these things were not the gist of this work as has been suggested by others. And yes, I have a new found appreciation for these organizations.
As I look at the daunting pile of "to read" books in front of me, I am inclined to reach for "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl" next.
In summary, I heartily recommend this book and encourage others to read it and write their own reviews. But please, when you open to the first page, drop any expectations or preconceived notions you may have. Read it fresh.
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