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Taxi Driver Wisdom Hardcover – April 1, 1996

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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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: #816,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on an uncharacteristic whim in a coffee shop, and I feel in love. I am a lover of witty observations as well as all things New York City-related. The observations collected within the covers of Taxi Driver Wisdom just make me happy. How can you beat "YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME, AND EVERYONE ELSE HAS YOU TO BLAME, TOO." In addition, the photographs capture the personality of New York City in a way that makes it feel accessible to me.
I'm purchasing copies for my family members as holiday gifts, and I bought a small white board for my office where I post a new quote from the book every few days to lighten the atmosphere at work. The best thing about this book is the fact that the quotes are both funny and true. This book is a joy.
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By A Customer 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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By A Customer 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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By A Customer on September 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully bound gift of street wisdom (ive given 5 so far) its like comparing homemade chili to Quiche Lorraine-VERY funny and not for ann landers readers and not for the Harvard crowd. Honest,straight to the point-either read this in 20 minutes and have to give it to friends or spend 5 years studying philosophy-still scratching your head. Street Wisdom cant be taught you eiter understand its simplicity or you dont. Its like this: if you are sophisticated,educated at the finest schools and wear armani clothes, make 100K-but you are in L.A. lost your wallet and the plane left without you and you have to be in San Francisco in 5 hours-what do you do? answer: swallow your pride and get on the friggin greyhound bus,ya dope. Favourite quote from book: your not any safer in first class.....
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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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