Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Limitlessness of our Discontent

We have at long last arrived at the limitlessness of our discontent. That peculiar period of empire when the expansion knows no bounds and the shape of our resolve acquires a formlessness for never having to retrench and a softness … Continue reading

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“Hovannes Toumanian: Selected Works”

There are few writers who are at once extraordinarily powerful and yet somehow also not well known beyond the scope of a few wise readers. Hovannes Toumanian is among these. A poet born more than 150 years ago, living in … Continue reading

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A Review of “Dreams of the Defeated”

Below is a new review of my first play, “Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts” “Joel D. Hirst fathers the genius creation titled Dreams of The Defeated, a two-act play that extends from the pages and into our … Continue reading

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Dubliners – By James Joyce

There is something quiet and comforting to be found down the alleyways and in the pubs of old Europe. Life, life that is our life – from where so many of us came, as much a part of who we … Continue reading

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On Student Debt, the Albatross and the Year of Jubilee

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung So goes a stanza from the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The albatross, that grand … Continue reading

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The Issa Valley – A Book Review

There is a valley tucked away deep between the hooded hills of Lithuania beside an olden river called the Issa where devils live. Devils of the past, of mistakes and errors and a violence not uncommon to village men and … Continue reading

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