Category Archives: Literature

“City of Memories” – A Book Review

If Congo is Africa for Africans; the obsidian consciousness of a continent – Nigeria is Africa for the rest of the world, as both its promise and its threat. Nigeria is old. Epic battles of ancient armies; the resounding echoes … Continue reading

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“Brave New World” – A Book Review

I think it’s interesting that the 20th century became the age of the dystopian novel. That would seem counter-intuitive, given the dramatic advances in technology and wealth and prosperity that the greatest of all centuries brought us. But, then again, … Continue reading

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“Open City” – A Book Review

Its always interesting to see something common through the eyes of somebody who finds it strange. Yet things become less strange, the more we interact with them, the more we learn about the foreign the more it slips neatly into … Continue reading

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Two Cities of Books

When I was a young man in high school and early college I would often drive down to the local Borders or Barnes and Nobles bookstore to peruse the shelves; spending an afternoon reading entire books while seated on the … Continue reading

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“The Old Man and His Sons” – A Book Review

I like to think about lost places; out of the way corners that are the opposite of epicenter yet where lives still continue though they have no knowledge of Paris and Washington DC. Timbuktu forgotten in the sand; Lubero captured … Continue reading

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“Pacific Viking” – A Book Review by Joel Hirst

“Take me to Fiji!” my wife often says. “Bora Bora, so peaceful, so beautiful.” Modernity certainly had a way of smoothing over the jagged edges of places once lost and perilous, shining them up to put them on display for … Continue reading

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On Literary Fiction and Empathy

I recently received a review on my newest novel “I, Charles, From the Camps”. I mostly don’t pay much attention to reviews, but this one made me think. While laudatory regarding the plot and story line and beats and sense … Continue reading

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