Monthly Archives: September 2018

Forgetting Venezuela’s Animals

They liked to call it the “Revolucion Bonita” – the pretty revolution. It was not going to be a 21st century version of “Cement”, that old soviet realist novel by Feodor Gladkov which was all smelly children and factory floors … Continue reading

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“Brave New World” – A Book Review

I think it’s interesting that the 20th century became the age of the dystopian novel. That would seem counter-intuitive, given the dramatic advances in technology and wealth and prosperity that the greatest of all centuries brought us. But, then again, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lords of Misrule -A Novel by Joel D. Hirst

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Genre: Literature & fiction, war, coming of age Length: 304 Pages Publishing Date: September 28, 2016 ? Buying Links for Lords of Misrule Amazon Kobo ? Author Website: http://www.joelhirst.com Twitter: joelhirst ? From the Blurb: Aliuf…

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Book Review: I, Charles, from the Camps by Joel D. Hirst

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Genre: Literature & fiction, war, coming of age Length: 222 Pages Publishing Date: April 21, 2018 ? Buying Links for I, Charles, from the Camps Amazon Kobo ? Author Website: http://www.joelhirst.com Twitter: joelhirst ? From the…

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“Open City” – A Book Review

Its always interesting to see something common through the eyes of somebody who finds it strange. Yet things become less strange, the more we interact with them, the more we learn about the foreign the more it slips neatly into … Continue reading

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Two Cities of Books

When I was a young man in high school and early college I would often drive down to the local Borders or Barnes and Nobles bookstore to peruse the shelves; spending an afternoon reading entire books while seated on the … Continue reading

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Salammbo: A Book Review

It is often said that, for modern novelists, the field can be divided into periods of time “before” and “after” Flaubert. It is said that his influence on the modern novel is so all-pervasive that it is almost indistinguishable. I … Continue reading

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On 9/11 And Being American

“I hear you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” President George W. Bush, September 2001 And, true to his word – our word – they did. Boy did they. For there is … Continue reading

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To Lift The Fog

There’s a formlessness upon the battlefield. The early morning fogs have not yet lifted; our dead, not yet collected. The battle raged late, waning only upon the exhaustion of the soldiers and the depletion of the stocks of battle counted … Continue reading

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“Ordinary Savior” – An Anthology of Stories From a War-Torn Land

Peace is not the natural state of man in the world. That, at least, I have learned – if nothing else – over the last twenty years. The utopians of our post-modern world order would have us believe that with … Continue reading

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