Joel D. Hirst

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Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and playwright. His recently released 5th novel "The Unraveling" is a dystopian story of a group of refugees in search of peace. Other works include "I, Charles, From the Camps", a coming of age struggle about a poor boy from the camps in northern Uganda and his tragic attempts to build a wall between himself and the misery which nevertheless comes from him, as well as "Lords of Misrule", about a Tuareg from Timbuktu who is radicalized, and how he leaves terrorism. He has also written "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio"; and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio". His first play is "Dreams of the Defeated". Joel was a visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute and a visiting International Aff ...more

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My Name is Aram

There is something earthy, well-connected to the land in Armenian literature. The golden sunsets across the mountains, the pale white powdery snow, the gentle goodness of the tastes close to nature – figs and grapes and nuts, occasionally meat when times are good – and bread, always and forever the bread.

The interesting thing is that they take this with them wherever they go. Though perhaps they

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“Character? I should have thought it needed a good deal of character to throw up a career after half an hour's meditation, because you saw in another way of living a more intense significance.”
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“All over the world people are now sleeping in their beds, or perhaps they are engaged in some idiotic pastime; and one might easily believe that each in his own way is doing his best to deserve destruction. But that destruction will bring no freedom.”
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“I always hope, in fact, that my interlocutor will be a policeman and that he will arrest me for the theft of ‘The Just Judges’”.”
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“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.”
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