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On Absurdism and its Minions

We are told these days that truth is not objective. Nothing is right or wrong, not really. Simply the mood of the day, the fickle ebb and flow of culture. But who decides? We have replaced our philosopher kings with … Continue reading

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I Come From Homer

What responsibility does a writer have to the world around him? Should he be good, and kind? Faithful and free and gentle? Should he suffer the little children and fight for the weak and make common cause with the powerless? … Continue reading

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Different Idealisms and Many Types of Lords

“Joel D. Hirst’s masterpiece is a worthy best-selling novel brimming with poignant lessons about idealism, culture, and religion. It begs us to examine the current state of the world today, a world so divided by different idealisms and misruled by … Continue reading

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My Author Interview for NF Reads

I recently took part in an interview for an author/reader site. I thought perhaps you might be interested – I have placed a link to the entire piece here. What are the real-life stories behind your books? The struggle of … Continue reading

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On Madness (oh, ya, and a book review)

Have you ever been around a madman? It is unpleasant, disturbing, frustrating and in the end wholly futile. I much prefer a congress with the zoo animals or my neighbor’s dogs at the dog park than to seek any meaningful … Continue reading

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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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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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