Author Archives: Joel D. Hirst

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of "Lords of Misrule", a novel about jihad in the Sahara. Joel has also written "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" about socialist Venezuela's collapse, and rebirth. His fourth novel is "I, Charles, From the Camps", the tragic story of Uganda and the LRA, coming out in April.

“The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino

There are all types of writers. Writers who make you think. Writers who make you laugh, or who make you cry. Writers who show you another side of a world you have never considered. Writers who open their hearts to … Continue reading

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Venezuela and the Plastic Sheeting People

Yesterday I came across a little video on Twitter produced by the U.S. Government’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance describing an aid package to Venezuela’s refugees living in camps in Brazil and Colombia. There are upwards of 700,000 now in … Continue reading

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How is it that Countries Die???

How is it that countries die; that the civilizations they protected fall away? We who are too young to have experienced the immediate post-colonial period in any meaningful way have come to expect a static world, continents chopped up and … Continue reading

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The Prose of the Unfree

Did you know that the communists invented an entirely new genre for literature? When people talk about ‘Socialist Realism’ they most often think of the paintings of Diego Rivera like “Man at the Crossroads”, the heroic laborer seizing fearlessly the … Continue reading

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Reading “The Hobbit” to my little boy

I just finished reading The Hobbit to my little boy. It’s fitting, I think – isn’t it? That his first real book, “A chapter book” as he calls it, would be that one. Oh sure we’ve read Dr. Seuss and … Continue reading

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Debt and Polarization – Then What??

This week my wife is taking a trip – nervous, first time she’s leaving our little one in my care voluntarily. Latina mamas; as if for want of foresight my boy and I will starve each other as we descend … Continue reading

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Who Considers the Lost Places?

In a world that is coming apart at the seams; who notices the lost places? They talk about the sixth great extinction, those who live in Styrofoam palaces and with tin voices lament the loss. The coming anarchy. The return … Continue reading

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