A Peek Between the Covers of my New Book
Selected for Books of the Year by The Independent, UK my new book, Signposts to Elsewhere, is issued by Hay House (the publishers of Deepak Chopra). Signposts is a work of ‘complete fragments’ which I hope will re-awaken your day-to-day thought process and guide you to live a deeper life. Reviewer Mark Simpson likened my book to' a box of assorted chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get!'
Aphorisms, by definition, are short sayings that are intended to express a general truth. Witty, resonant, and precise, they capture the contradictory nature of human truths and sentiments, reflecting the soul’s dialogue with itself.
If you're interested in the brief arts -- poetry, proverbs-- I'm happy to share with you a couple of my original sayings from my new book, below, and this beautiful video/trailer:
We spend half of our days dreaming
and the other half
What is actually meant by freewill
is not that we can switch the stations of our lives,
but that we may fine-tune the reception
or accentuate the static.
Below, are some generous endorsements of my book from writers that I admire:
‘Like the love child of Khalil Gibran and Dorothy Parker, Yahia Lababidi reinvigorates the aphorism as a literary form and adds his own spice to it.’
—Philip J. Metres III, American poet, translator, scholar, and activist
‘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 Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists
‘Signposts to Elsewhere is a succulent, stunning collection of images and thoughts more well-lit than the old swinging torches of the lamplighters. 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 Lababidi were in charge of a country, I would want to live there.’
—Naomi Shihab Nye, an esteemed poet, songwriter, and novelist
‘Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, once said, “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” It is easy to dump 10,000 words on paper. It is much harder to distill what’s worth saying into 10 words. Fortunately for us, Yahia Lababidi has done the hard work of carving out unneeded rock and giving us an exquisite sculpture.’
—Anu Garg, American author, speaker, and founder of Wordsmith.org