Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing

An eclectic collection of essays from Yahia Lababidi
Yahia Lababidi, Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing
Egyptian writer Yahia Lababidi has just released a collection of essays on a diverse range of topics, disrupting traditional categories of popular culture, literature and philosophy. Among the topics under discussion are Susan Sontag, Oscar Wilde, Silence, Michael Jackson, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, and Islamic faith. And there is much more besides. Here is a brief excerpt from the preface:
Essai is French for “trial.” In his collected Essais, published in 1580, Michel de Montaigne admirably set out to interrogate and discover himself and, in the process, minted a new literary form: the essay. “I cannot give an account of my life by my actions… I do so by my thoughts,” he stated in his celebrated essay, On Vanity (though he may as well have been declaring the intent of his entire project). In “How Beautiful It Is…” a more recent practitioner of this literary art, Daniel Mendelsohn, offers us another useful etymology: namely that ‘the word critic is indirectly derived from the Classical Greek word krino, “to judge.” Mendelsohn then goes on to introduce his work thus: “This book is a collection of judgments: which is to say, a collection of essays by a critic.” [...] These are my trials, where I am simultaneously scratching my head and my pen across paper, to determine what I think about a given subject.
Publisher's website: The Humanities: Yahia Lababidi, Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing