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Return to Book Page. Preview — by Daniel Pinchbeck. This is a literary and metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the worldwide resurgence of shamanism, supporting 212 Mayan prophecy that the year will bring an unprecedented global shift.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Published March 1st by Piatkus Books first pinchveck To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions aboutplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 26, Sean rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this book a lot, I really did. It seemed to be an honest exploration of psychedelic states of being by a confused, if well-meaning, Manhattan literary party-boy.

I was excited when I first heard that “” was being published. It seemed as if Pinchbeck were stepping up to the plate and was going to pick up where McKenna left off, after McKenna’s passing in I skimmed some reviews of ” – The Return Of Quetzlcoatl” as the first edition was called Undaunted, I thought it was just the cynical contingent of the mainstream press.

The Year Of The Mayan Prophecy by Daniel Pinchbeck

I checked some reviews over at GoodReads and it seemed to be the same. Now, I realise that anything with “prophecy” in the title as stated in the edition I have has dniel fundamentalist materialists and dogmatic rationalists reaching for their revolvers, but I thought there would be a lot more praise for the book.

I decided to finally give it a go.

In “”, Pinchbeck has devoted his energies to studying the prophecy that a new age will emerge in Decemberwhich the Mayan calendar shows as the end of the world, or just the end of the current age, depending on your view.

He jets off to Oregon to hang out with Jose Arguelles, who’s created a new calendar based on the original Mayan dates. He visits England several times, specifically the Glastonbury area, to study the crop circle phenomenon. Mexico becomes a destination, so Dan can view the Mayan architecture. He goes to Burning Man again urgh! The participants swallow cupfuls of ayahuasca, then sing and do a two-step dance for up to 6 hours. All the while, he’s having relationship problems with his ‘partner’.

She’s never given a name, she’s just his partner–though she is described as ‘beautiful and svelte’ Pinchbeck wants you to know he’s no chubby-chaser. The couple have a child together, which seems ill-advised, as he relates that their union was a bit unstable from the outset.


These bits were really where Pinchbeck lost me. In an afterword to the paperback edition, he states how he included all this personal detail to ‘invoke a deep enough response in readers that if might incite a shift in perspective’. It just seemed a bit voyeuristic to me, his tendency to let his audience in on his somewhat private soap-opera, involving his ‘partner’, another woman he meets at a psychedelic retreat in Hawaii, whom he insists on referring to as “first priestess” she doesn’t have a name either, apparently and his little girl again, no name.

One chapter is devoted to the partner’s father, for no other apparent reason than to compare him to Pinchbeck’s own father. He also can’t seem to stop exploiting his connection to the Beats his mother dated Jack Kerouac at the height of his fameas if that somehow lends him some extra credibility. In spite of the more frustrating aspects of Pinchbeck’s narrative, I did enjoy parts of the book.

I really liked the crop circle bits, though I’ve never really given much thought to the phenomenon, putting down most if not all of the designs down to hoaxers. I found myself looking up the various formations Pinchbeck discusses to get a better idea of what he is describing. He didn’t convince me with his various theories, but I did think that maybe hoaxers weren’t responsible for all of the circles. Some of the Arguelles chapters had interesting segments – but then Pinchbeck inserts some caustic New Yawk intellectual screed, completely dismissing Aleister Crowley, but he buys most of Arguelles’ Mayan reincarnation schtick.

His visit to the Hopi reservation seems a bit of an anti-climax, but the words of the tribal chief almost redeem the plodding structure of the chapter.

The book ends with an eco-warrior message about humanity’s destruction of the environment and a possible redemption in the next 6 years danile, it’s down to 3 now. Pinchbeck doesn’t seem concerned that all of his jetting about might’ve added to all that pollution So, for all that, you get a somewhat middling book I have to agree with a lot of the reviewers about and what may happen.

For me, it seems a bit of a wasted opportunity–too much about the author, daniiel enough about the actual phenomenon. When he’s not talking about his own foibles, he’s borrowing ideas from McKenna, Arguelles, Robert Anton Wilson, crop circle devotees and a host of dniel. It seems that maybe Pinchbeck started believing his own press and yeah, that Rolling Stone article didn’t really help things. It appears that he wants to join the psychedelic pantheon and have his name amongst the greats Wilson, Leary, Huxley, McKenna, Kesey, etc.

Going by “”, I think he’s got a ways to go. Jan 06, Christina Ruth rated it it was ok. Don’t bother reading this, read some Terence McKenna instead. Stu rated it liked it Jul 24, David Moore rated it liked it May 31, Debs Hutchin rated it liked it Apr 19, Rachel rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Paul rated it liked it Aug 01, Karl William Lund rated it 212 it Aug 13, Ethel Ross rated it liked it Jul 02, Mark Lennon rated it it was ok Feb 07, Andrew rated it liked it Jun 13, Monica Aguirre rated it it was ok Sep 20, Colettejones rated it liked it Jul 03, Amanda Knott pinchbfck it liked it Sep 13, Stellium Astrology rated it liked it Mar 08, Christina rated it it was ok Aug 30, Dilettante Militante rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Nick Stibbs rated it really liked it May 01, Andrew Brodie rated it really liked it Jan 05, Luke Cullen rated it did not like it Jan 04, Steven Elmes rated it really liked it Dec 20, Chris piinchbeck it really liked it Jul 22, Angela rated it it was ok Feb 06, Janice Barnard rated it liked it Jul 23, Harry Whitewolf rated it really liked it May 20, Jaclyn rated it did not like it Sep 09, Anna rated it it was amazing Sep 09, Treamo rated it it pincchbeck ok Aug 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep personal roots in the New York counterculture of the s and pinchbcek. 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 chronicled in Johnsons bestselling book, Minor Characters: Pinchbeck was a founder of the s literary m Author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep personal roots in the New York counterculture of the s and s.

Pinchbeck was a founder of the s literary magazine Open Pincheck with fellow writers Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. He writes a column, Prophet Motive, for Conscious Enlightment pijchbeck www. Books by Daniel Pinchbeck. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is like a programming daniiel written into the software pinchbrck for the modern mind, which has endless energy to spend on the trivial and treacly, sports statistic or shoe sale, but no time to spare for the torments of the Third World, for the mass extinction of species to perpetuate a way of life without a future, for the imminent exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves, or for the fine print of the Patriot Act.

This psychic blockade is reinforced by a vast propaganda machine spewing out crude dankel well as sophisticated distractions, encouraging individuals to see themselves as alienated spectators of their culture, rather than active participants in pinchbsck planetary ecology. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.