Category Archives: Literature

Their Passing Will Not Be A Whisper

After finishing his novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” I was reading up a little on D.H. Lawrence. An elementary school teacher, married, afflicted with tuberculosis at a relatively young age. He moved: England, US, Switzerland – he ended up in Italy. … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Books Matter

When I saw the picture of a newly elected President Obama reading Fareed Zacharia’s book “The Post-American World” I knew we were in for a bit of trouble. Not because of Fareed’s religion – as the argument went. But because … Continue reading

Posted in International Affairs, Liberty, Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Our Long Search for Lasting Wellbeing

I have a friend who is always posting interesting and provocative things. Not provocative in the “transgender bathroom” or “Russian conspiracy” sense, but articles and thought pieces that don’t often get a lot of play in our one-size-fits-all, lowest-common-denominator, loser-take-all … Continue reading

Posted in International Affairs, Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Lords of Misrule” – A Joel D. Hirst Interview in Istanbul

I gave an interview to an Istanbul, Turkey based journal on my new novel “Lords of Misrule“. You can read it below – and if you speak Turkish you can go here. 1) How did you decide to write this … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Liberty, Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Who the Hell is Milo?

Pop culture is not something that occupies my concerns a great deal. I do not live for the latest story of who is sleeping with whom; my imagination is not seized by the lifestyles of this or that know-nothing with … Continue reading

Posted in Liberty, Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

“Housekeeping” – A Book Review

“And let God purge this wicked sadness away with a flood, and let the waters recede to pools and ponds and ditches, and let every one of them mirror heaven. Still, they taste a bit of blood and hair.” Children … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Bad Books Crowding Out the Good Ones

Most writers live in their own little utopias. I suppose that’s what differentiates a good writer from a mediocre one – the good writer builds a world for himself where he’d rather be; drama and passion and violence and purpose … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 8 Comments