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Joseph Hirsch

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Joseph Hirsch's books Ohio at Dusk and Flash Blood were both published by Damnation Books. His novel War-Crossed Eyes was published by Mélange Books, and his novels Rolling Country and The Last Slice of Pizza were published by Moonshine Cove Publishing. He has sold work to Underground Voices and Zahir Tales. His novella House of Crystal was published by Silverthought and his novella Orphan Elixir was serialized in The Western Online. His short stories were also featured in 3 AM Magazine. He previously worked as a sports correspondent for Fight Hype covering boxing matches around the globe, and he was also a finalist in a Glimmer Train Short Story Award Competition for New Writers. His novels Kentucky Bestiary and The Dove and the Crow were ...more

A Bloody Nose or a Bloody Soul?

Let’s keep it simple for the sake of this thought experiment, since math was never my strong suit.
Imagine you’re riding on a bus one day along with nine other people. Your destination and theirs is inconsequential, but plug in whatever goal you’d like: the library or the zoo, for instance.
And just to keep our number nice and even, let’s assume the sound of the bus’s engine is loud enough that... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.85 · 230 ratings · 124 reviews · 16 distinct works
Kentucky Bestiary

3.86 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Veterans' Affairs

3.79 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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The Dove and the Crow

4.21 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Bastard's Grimoire

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Rolling Country

3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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up in the treehouse

4.33 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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My Tired Shadow

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Touch No One

3.21 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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Orphan Elixir

4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2014
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The Long Carry; The Journal Of Stretcher Bearer Frank Dunham,... by Frank Dunham
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I wish I knew who said it, but the quote is words to the effect that, "In my day, men were of iron, and ships of wood. In your day, it will be the opposite."

Frank Dunham's diary of his wartime career as a stretcher bearer shows him to be an iron-toug
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The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
"Joan of Arc spit on her death proclamation at the stake. That is empowerment. Tell me when you can be that Joan ladies.

We will not see the likes of Joan again in the history of this dying, dead earth.

So we know. Mother Theresa wore a habit and dr..." Read more of this review »
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
"My modus operandi, outlaw nth degree:

I review a work of fiction, strip away the most complex construct and reveal the bare naked hopelessness of writing a novel.

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The Real Watergate Scandal by Geoff Shepard
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This book has two goals. One goal is to take a step in toward the rehabilitation of the reputation of President Richard Nixon. The second is to document the poli..." Read more of this review »
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It is becoming painfully obvious that the law-both its codification and enforcement-is decided on an informal, social basis, rather than in keeping with some set of higher principles. People don't scratch each other's eyes out to get into the Ivies o ...more
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The Great War and Medieval Memory by Stefan Goebel
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Stefan Goebel's "The Great War and Medieval Memory" is a solid bit of comparative history that examines the ways in which the Middle Ages-its battles, its myths, its codes of conduct-were invoked during the Great War, especially in the memorializing ...more
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The Roominghouse Madrigals by Charles Bukowski
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Charles Bukowski is credited by some as humanizing poetry, not just in terms of language ("the spoken word nailed to paper" as I think one of his early publishers put it), but in terms of his themes. Throughout history a very small coterie of artists ...more
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