The Artist as Mystic by Yahia Lababidi
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This bright, odd little book ostensibly features a series of conversations between Alex Stein, its author, and Mr. Lababidi....an account of the ongoing dialogues the author is having with the hard-won work of his literary heroes.
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The Artist as Mystic is a set of lyric conversations between aphorists Yahia Lababidi and Alex Stein. These conversations constitute what Australians call a ‘Songline’—a set of sacred songs that allow the reader/listener to navigate through an unknown terrain, in this case, populated by tortured and ecstatic souls: Kafka, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Rilke, Kierkegaard and Ekelund.

These visionaries are masterfully evoked in this very fine work of biography and criticism. But these writings are more than the sum of notes on a page, they are song. The Artist as Mystic passes the test of all great writing, not only to delight, but to leave us knowing something of the subject, and ourselves, that we hadn’t considered before.
 

About Yahia Lababidi

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Alex Stein is the author of the story collection, Dark Optimism (Emerson's Eye Press, 1999) and of Weird Emptiness: Essays and Aphorisms (Wings Press, 2007). The Life and Art of Josan, a collection of line drawings inhabited by poetry is due out from Wade Rosen Publishing in 2009. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and works in the library at the University of Colorado.
 
Published July 15, 2012 by Onesuch Press. 88 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joseph Mackin on Jul 15 2012

This bright, odd little book ostensibly features a series of conversations between Alex Stein, its author, and Mr. Lababidi....an account of the ongoing dialogues the author is having with the hard-won work of his literary heroes.

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