Author Archives: Joel D. Hirst

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of the recently released novel "Lords of Misrule" about jihad in the Sahara. Joel has also written "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio".

The Mango Rains

The air hangs heavy, electric in the evening; lightning chases around clouds that do not yet release their rain while the wind whips the dust in a flurry. They are not ready, they are preparing – gathering energy and purpose … Continue reading

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The Inferno of the Living

There’s a cyclicalness to the world that makes us uncomfortable. We in the west prefer to think that things are neatly stacked, one idea upon another in a glorious edifice of success; eschewing the crumbling waste which is not to … Continue reading

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On Money and the Miserly

It was a lazy week in the sleepy suburbs of a West African capital, and I was bored, attending as I had been a conference on something or something else. The lulling drones of the presenters hyphenated by breaks – … Continue reading

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“OSLO” – A Play About Peace

In Angus Deaton’s seminal work on inequality “The Great Escape” he observes, “Our current deep-seated concerns with fairness, as well as our outrage when our norms of fairness are violated, are quite possibly rooted in the absence of storage options … Continue reading

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Italo Calvino – “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”

I was prompted to start reading Italo Calvino’s novels after coming across an article in Foreign Policy magazine “The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls” by a pseudonymed writer Amal Hanano who turned out to be Lina Sergie … Continue reading

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The Measure of a Man

“That is it!” a man says to his son; I’ve done my part, and now my rest is won; To seek my peace in world that’s hard and cold; Of joy to find before that I am old. How to … Continue reading

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The Vict’ry For to Keep

Can you feign that there’s naught wrong with you? Lest your close friends begin to doubt you too; Can you endure, alone to bear the scar; Received from your oft fought clandestine war? Can you wake, to fill the morning’s … Continue reading

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