Quink Books – Open your mind

Good festivals build on people’s excitement, this is why so many events are designed around performers and their personalities.  But there are lots of other excitements which are available. 

 As we have been talking about quinks more, people keep asking for examples – and especially what are common quinks?  Things that don’t require the heroics of breaking a toxic relationship or the mastery of enlightenment.  

Wolf (on left) coordinates fire and flow arts for QuinkFair

Wolf suggested Quink books.  Almost everyone has read a book that has changed their life in a way which they look back on positively now.  These books hold a power and story for you and as organizers we want to bring that to our event.

On Friday Oct 1st at dinner we will have the participants of QuinkFair bring copies of their favorite books to dinner with the intention of discussing them, why they changed their lives and seeing if that is a message someone else in the group needs to hear.  

We ask that people consider bringing a copy to give away.  [If that’s not doable (financial challenges, difficulty finding a copy, etc) then you could also print the title and author on one side of a 3×5 index card and write why it was so important to you on the other side.  We’ll take photos of these cards and share them on the QuinkFair blog, as well as on Facebook.  ]

These are the three clear quink books for me and a sentence about what i took away from them:

The Dispossessed

That anarchist societies don’t make problems go away, they just shift how they are discussed and decided.

Be the revolution

Woman at the edge of time 

Was a compelling smack in the head about how my blindness to gender and racial inequity did not exempt me from at least learning about them and hopefully doing something about them.

The Fifth Sacred Thing

This book taught me that a good author can have me crying by page 4.  It showed exhausted heroes who looked a lot like people i loved.  And it showed our type of consensus decision making in impossible situations sparking effective non-violent resistance.

One of the most often used images to depict utopia comes from this book

What are the books that changed your life and why?  Can you provide copies for others to learn the things you did and perhaps other important lessons?

QuinkFair is a transformation celebration borrowing from several festival cultures and striving to spark positive and healing experiences.  It takes place on beautiful private land in rural Virginia in the town of Mineral on Oct 1 thru 4.  Tickets are still available

bring the books that sparked a quink thought

For some event participants this has been a lovely exercise, they get to go to their favorite used book store, shop for the books which help them become who they are and then bring them to the event and press them into the hands of someone who you hope has a similar strong resonance with the book.

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5 responses to “Quink Books – Open your mind”

  1. James Handley says :

    Your Money or your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.

    For me, one key to being able to be an activist or even to enjoy life is to spend less than I earn, build up savings whenever possible. That’s a central message of “Your Money or Your Life.”

    I’d be happy to buy copies of the book to share or to reimburse anyone who wants to buy and read it ahead of the festival, so we can discuss. Please let me know if you are interested.


  2. Mercury Morningstar says :

    I love Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi’s brilliant book *The Evolving Self.* Many folks are at least vaguely familiar with his “Flow” theory of optimal psychology. This book integrates that theory into urgent matters of cultural change and evolution. In the book’s culmination Czikszentmihalyi advocates for a model he calls “The Fellowship of the Future.” He writes:

    “The ideal social unit is a group small enough to allow intense face to face interaction, one in which members participate voluntarily, and in which each person can contribute to a common goal by doing what he or she does best.”


    Only a community of individuals sharing similar convictions can generate the feedback that confirms each individual’s private belief. Sine ecclesia, went the old saying, nulla religio. Or, “There can be no religion without a church.” But this is not just true of religion. Science could not survive without a community sharing scientific values. Moral systems do not continue unless individuals subscribe to a common set of ethics. Values are so ephemeral that they require the joint psychic input of a group to retain their hold on each person’s attention. They may be created by individuals, but they must be maintained by a collectivity.

    The entire fascinating book is available online:

    Click to access theevolvingself.pdf

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