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Taxi Driver Wisdom Hardcover – April 1, 1996

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If a man keeps telling you he loves you, over and over, then something is wrong.

If someone gets rich, I do not cheer for them. I weep for myself.

The things you love are as stupid as the things you hate and are easily interchangeable.

Don't look at what he is not. Look at what he is.

I see more of what is going on around me because I am not concerned with finding a parking place.

About the Author

Risa Mickenberg is a New York-based advertising writer and free thinker whose resume includes the award-winning Snapple campaign. Two of her great grandfathers were cab drivers.

Joanne Dugan is a freelance photographer. She estimates that in the ten years she's lived in New York, she's taken 1,000 cab rides, five with Harlod the checker cab guy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811811654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811811651
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joanne Dugan is a New York City-based creative director, author, photographer, and curator. Her photography-based projects include published books, websites and other digital media, design projects, fine art installations and short films. Her new hardcover book of eighty-five photographs, titled "Summertime," features the work of 46 emerging and established contemporary photographers and the words of 34 literary masters, and is published by Chronicle Books.

Joanne's photography and writing has been published in six previous books: "ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City," (Abrams Books), "123 NYC: A Counting Book of New York City," (Abrams Books), "Taxi Driver Wisdom," (Chronicle Books), "Beauty Parlor Wisdom," (Chronicle Books), "Mostly True," (fine art private press) and "To Music and Other Short Stories," (RDH, Germany). Her work has been recognized with national awards from Communication Arts, Photo District News, Graphis, The Art Director's Club, HOW Magazine and the AIGA, among others.





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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ted Dunning on January 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Yep, good book. Just bought it for my mom after reading it myself. Most books in this genre are bunk, little more than trite and tired feelgood slogans pasted together with artsy black and white pictures. TAXI DRIVER WISDOM has its share of B&W photos; however, unlike most "coffeetable" books, the pictures aren't contrived props to accompany crappy prose. I must admit I am a biased reviewer, as I'm currently a full-time taxi driver. Just thought it odd that none of the reviews are written by any of my colleagues; figured at least half of the reviews would be from cabbies. Anyhoo, read the book and enjoy, and refer it to your friends. And if your in your mid-twenties and looking for a fun way to kill a year or two while making a decent living, consider driving a cab. It beats working on an Alaskan fishing boat, and it's just as dangerous! I got a degree from a fancy university, but have learned more in the past year on this job (paying off student loans) than I ever did in an ivory tower. Of course I'm still gonna go to grad school, but at least right now I get a car for 12 hours a day...Hats off to the authors, Risa and Joanne. Many safe fares to you both. - Ted, driver for "Friendly Cab" Sacramento, CAFavorite quote from book - "Old people... they like to get to the airport early."So true.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Peiser on July 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
There are some basic questions everyone asks in life-- Who am I? Why are things the way they are? What is the meaning of life? What's the best way from Washington Square to West 73rd Street, and how much will it cost? In Taxi Driver Wisdom, Risa Mickenberg finds the answers to all of these questions at once, in the interaction between cabdriver and fare. Cleverly framed by hack licenses depicting Freud and Nietzsche and expertly illustrated with Joanne Dugan's tasteful roadway photographs, this book encompasses the breadth and scope of human experience while streaking up Broadway in time for a lunch meeting. Economic theory-- "We are all born poor." Aging-- "Old people, they like to get to the airport early." And time and space-- "Vietnam War is finished but Sixth Avenue construction is never finished." All told, a fantastic work, both thought-provoking and amusing, and an excellent addition to any nightstand or corporate desk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "dldubois" on August 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is such a great book. We keep it on our coffee table and it is always picked up and commented on. My favorite taxi driver quote is on relationships -- "New shoes always hurt." This book makes a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for person (that's how we got it), and it is an absolute treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "omni18" on March 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Taxi Driver Wisdom in itself may be an oxymoron, however as a taxi driver myself, I found it to be funny and thought provoking, and lacking in some of the more baser universal truths.
I drive a taxi in Toledo Ohio. The Glass City is not New York, but we do have our share of people who do give you a unique outlook on life. Recently, I began asking myself exactly WHY I do this instead of going to Law School. The plain and simple answer is..."No two days are exactly alike". That is the lure of cab driving; Every day presents a new set of challenges and problems that must be dealt with.
Taxi Driver Wisdom is a cute book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever rode in, or driven a cab. But, dont expect EVERY cab driver to impart wisdom on demand. There are some out there who would have trouble finding thier [behind] with both hands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Taxi Driver Wisdom offers a glimpse into the world of the New York cabbie through lots of blunt advice, and photos of what drivers witness on a daily basis--cars in garages, crashes, street scenes, and tourist landmarks. The book is handsomely bound with thick padded covers, with duotone images printed on thick postcard-weight pages. Each photo measures 2 x 3 inches, and is accompanied by "advice" in large bright yellow text. The presentation has a "straight in your face" feel to it, similar to how a stereotypical new york cabbie might dispense some advice to you. rkchin. [...]
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I was expecting more, or at least, something more expansive than what is presented as "wisdom" in this book. The purported wisdoms are rather trite utterances, based on each driver's very real experiences, I am sure. However, a reader should expect to gain some insight from these opinions. In that regard, one will be disappointed. Taxi drivers are not philosophers. Although some might think so. Certainly, a taxi driver with many years of experience, can and often does obtain certain insights into the human condition. That said, I got the impression this collection of "insights" was written for taxi drivers themselves. The hard cover edition is a nice little pocket-sized tome that can slip conveniently into a pocket, a purse, or into a glove compartment; to be easily accessed for easy comprehension. Taxi drivers might like this book, because it may provide some entertainment or distraction when out there hustling rides in the street; but to the average reader, particularly those who have read philosophy, this little volume will be a letdown. There are better, more insightful books written by taxi drivers that a reader can enjoy. I'm sorry. This book is not one of them.
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