PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
"Lababidi moves from the aphoristic and the epigrammatic to the suggestive, the lightly hinted, the nuanced, with impressive ease. This is a rare gift, more associated with European writers than with American. This striation of tone, of register, of mood, gives a sense of surprise to his sentences; they spring back to the touch. Sometimes they even seem surprised at themselves. . . . The book becomes an exploration on which the reader embarks. This is one of the elements in collections . . . I most appreciate--this secret invitation au voyage that the author holds out--and Lababidi does this extremely well, with courtesy as well as cunning."
--Eric Ormsby, poet, scholar, and author of Ghazali: The Revival of Islam
"I find myself pausing everywhere among these wisdoms, wondering why the world stumbles and staggers through such a dark and greedy time when there are people alive with such keen, caring insight. . . . If Yahia Samir Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there."
--Naomi Shihab Nye, poet, anthologist, and author of There is No Long Distance Now
"Wisdom for Lababidi is on the move, a matter of suppleness rather than rigor, of insights and angles rather than rules. . . . As intense as his conversation with himself is, it is also kind, tolerant of his own limits and of ours. . . . I give you that expert self-listener, that excellent writer, Yahia Lababidi."
--James Richardson, poet, aphorist, and author of By the Numbers
"Lababidi knows that fables and metaphors overcome resistance more readily than facts and position papers. His half-smile becomes our own, changing our self-estimate, and then--who knows?--the choices we make as well."
--Alfred Corn, poet, essayist, and author of Tables
"Brilliant. . . . think of the wild mind of Blake and the calmly collected Wallace Stevens, with a touch of Franz Kafka's hammer inside a velvet glove."
--Duff Brenna, novelist, author of Murdering the Mom: A Memoir
"Yahia Lababidi's aphorisms are elegant, thoughtful, and wise, written proof that the art of the aphorism is still very much alive."
--James Geary, author of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor