Revolutions of the Heart: Literary, Cultural, & Spiritual

Yahia Lababidi (Author) Sven Birkerts (Preface by)
& 1 more

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$27.00  $24.84
Resource Publications (CA)
Publish Date
March 31, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.57 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Yahia Lababidi, Egyptian-American, is the author of two critically-acclaimed books of aphorisms: Signposts to Elsewhere (2019) and Where Epics Fail (2018). Lababidi is also the author of four well-received books of poetry and prose, including The Artist as Mystic (2017) and Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (2016). He has participated in international literary festivals throughout the USA and Europe, as well as the Middle East.
Sven Birkerts has been editor of AGNI since July 2002. His most recent books are Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Other Walk (Graywolf Press, 2011), Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again (Graywolf Press, 2008), and Reading Life: Books for the Ages (Graywolf Press, 2007). His other books include An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th Century Literature (William Morrow), The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry (William Morrow), American Energies: Essays on Fiction (William Morrow), The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (Faber & Faber), Readings (Graywolf Press, 1999), and My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time (Viking, 2002). He has edited Tolstoy's Dictaphone: Writers and the Muse (Graywolf) as well as Writing Well (with Donald Hall), and The Evolving Canon (Allyn & Bacon). He has received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was winner of the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle in 1985 and the Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award from PEN for the best book of essays in 1990. Birkerts has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mirabella, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Amherst and has most recently been Briggs-Copeland lecturer in nonfiction at Harvard. He was the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars from 2007-2017 and has been a member of the core faculty since its founding in 1994. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
DAVID LAZAR is a professor in the Nonfiction Program at Columbia College Chicago and the editor of the journal Hotel Amerika. His books include Occasional Desire, The Body of Brooklyn, and Truth in Nonfiction.


"Lababidi is extremely generous with his attention in this eclectic collection of essays, interviews, poems, and aphorisms, covering everything from Omar Sharif to Sufi mysticism. In Revolutions, Lababidi converses with readers about that rarest and purest expression of the human spirit: the creative mind at work."

--James Geary, author of Wit's End and Geary's Guide to The World's Great Aphorists

"Revolutions of the Heart is a warm, intelligent, thought-provoking work of what we might call comparative spirituality, or spiritual lit crit. . . . Hovering over a wide range of topics, from the poet Rimbaud and the novelist John Banville, to the political ambitions of Marianne Williamson and the religious journey of C. S. Lewis--with thoughtful reflections of Sufism, the lost art of conversation, the inspiring power of blogging, Zen, cults, and much else along the way--Lababidi speaks in a voice all his own: personal, engaged, highly literate, and wholly entertaining."

--Gary Lachman, founding member of the rock group Blondie and author of more than a dozen books on philosophical and mystical ideas

"Yahia Lababidi stands you at the crossroads of literature, culture, and spirituality and shares the view in ways which are both stunningly telescopic and fascinatingly microscopic. Either way, it is breathtaking."

--Lee Weissman, Director of Community Engagement, Institute of Jewish Muslim Action, and interfaith activist

"Revolutions of the Heart, a stunning collection of essays and aphorisms--essays about aphorisms, aphorisms about the essay--thrills me from head to heart."

--Paul Holdengraber, Founding Director, The Onassis Center for Dialogue, Los Angeles, and renowned interviewer and curator