I like Daniel Pinchbeck. He's a little pissy, pretty smart, and has a unique take on the world, so why wouldn't I? My interest in someone is not limited to my agreement with their theories, ideologies or takes on life, if they are interesting people, I am interested in what they have to say, something will inform my life in new ways. Anyway, Pinchbeck, who has been at the centre of much of the conversation around 2012, and has involvement in a great site called, Reality Sandwich, has released a collection of essays written over the past few years called, Notes from the Edge Times. The sub-title of my last book referenced what I called 'new edge' spirituality, and Pinchbeck would have to be included in that gruping somewhere. He has written a couple of other books that I have enjoyed. His first, Breaking Open the Head, chronicled his transition from new-york uber-hipster to explorer of contemporary shamanism and psychadelic spiritual exploration, and the next, 2012: The Return of Quetzacoatl, examined the energy around the Mayan calendar and the chatter about the apocalyptic that rose with it. This new book follows on from 2012, and offers a series of thoughtful and sometimes provocative essays about new ways of looking at life. Nothing is off limits, religion, sex, politics, financial dealings, it is all dealt with here in very readable essays. I think he has some important things to say, and while many of his ideas would be deemed counter-cultural or something like that, it would be too easy to dismiss them because, as his book says, they are written from the 'edge realms'--the margins where perhaps real transformation is possible. I donwloaded the book on Kindle and it has been a great read the past few days.