Alan Jacobs…

Alan Jacobs… February 8, 2012

has way too much fun commenting on the works of Kahlil Gibran.

I never read him. He is forever embedded in my mind as the sort of person who got quoted in my 70s high school year books by girls who wrote emo poetry and sang Janis Ian’s “Seventeen” to lament bourgeois suburbia.

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  • joetexx

    Almufasta the prophet who was a Sun unto his own Day and a Moon unto his own Night spake to the multitudes in the city square, seeking to drum up a game of five-card.

    And a little lad cried out, “Teacher, is that not a full house I see beneath the sleeve of your robe?”

    And the holy man replied, “Sonny, a camel train departs at noon; be under it.”

    All I can recall of National Lampoon’s parody of Gibran.

  • Maria

    Hey, I sang “Seventeen” when I was um…17. Because love (at that age) really was meant for beauty queens which I most definitely was not! HOWEVER, I never read Gibran. Didn’t even hear about him till college. Never understood the fascination with him.

  • Brian

    I always rather enjoyed Khalil Gibran. The Prophet is the popular one, but I always preferred “A Tear and A Smile”. Is it all profound and theologically deep? No…but it’s better than a lot of the rest of what’s been popular concurrent with him, and I think much of it is edifying.

  • Mark R

    I only know the spoof treatment: “The Profit” by Kellog Allbran.