Author Archives: Joel D. Hirst

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of four novels. The most recent is "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps. Other works include "Lords of Misrule", "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio".

The Unexamined Life – Why I Left Facebook

They say “the unexamined life is not worth living”. “They” are these days anybody looking to seem thoughtful, but the first to say this was Socrates as his only and lasting defense against the accusations of ‘corrupting the minds of … Continue reading

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“Defeating Dictators” – A Book Review

There are many kinds of books. Yes, I know, I am stating the obvious of course. However for me its always helpful when I read a book to try and place it within the panoply of other books seeking to … Continue reading

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A Reason, A Season, or a Lifetime

I got accused of good writing yesterday. Naturally, it did not come in the form of a compliment – but nonetheless that is what my unfriend was saying. Unfriend, one of the clutter of people from our past who long … Continue reading

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On I, Charles, From the Camps by Joel D. Hirst

Originally posted on Richard Ali's Blog:
I, Charles, From the Camps Book:                    I,Charles from the Camps Author:                Joel D. Hirst Publisher:            iUniverse(2018) Page Count:       213 The eponymous Charles is Charles Agwok, the northern Ugandan protagonist of Joel…

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Ours Are Not the Children of the Nobles

After a long hot day in Africa fighting the anarchy that came – heralding our arriving ordeal, an ordeal which is only just beginning – I sometimes sit down on my sofa wine-glass in hand, a silky red imported from … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Readers Gone?

“Where have all the good writers gone?” It is a lament I have, often followed by “—and where are all the real journalists? Not professional ill-informed opinion holders but the great minds of old who still have that undying spark … Continue reading

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Burmese Days – A Book Review

This was a novel about loneliness. Most people who post on travel blogs or the quotidian social media photograph parades of beachgoers and beer do not do justice to the loneliness of a life lived away from what one knows, … Continue reading

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