Joel D. Hirst

33 Flips | 4 Magazines | 1 Like | 9 Followers | @JoelDHirst | Writer and Novelist. Most recent release is "Lords of Misrule", about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara.

15 Tips from Famous Authors to Help You Finally Write That Novel

When setting out to write, it’s hard not to compare yourself to those classic authors whose work has endured for hundreds of years. Don’t let the …

1,400-Year-Old Gingko Tree Sheds a Spectacular Ocean of Golden Leaves

Once a year, this towering 1,400-year-old gingko tree showcases a transition into fall in a spectacular way—its thousands of leaves change into a radiant shade of gold. Located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, in the Zhongnan Mountain region of China, this brilliant autumnal …

Meet Johannesburg's New Libertarian Mayor

The son of a domestic worker raised by his sisters in a black township near Pretoria under apartheid, Mashaba became a self-made millionaire in a …

South Africa

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later. But let’s begin with another number entirely. 145,000...<p>Originally …

19th Century

The Novel My Wife Will Never Read

My ninth novel will be published this coming November. That’s not a large number of books, considering that I published my first when I was 27, and …

fornewintellectual.com

The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls

<i>Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives</i> …

The Final Blow to Venezuela's Democracy

For months, most Venezuelans (not to mention the country’s neighbors and the international community) held out hope that there would be a popular …

The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo. But on Oct. 13, the Swedish Academy …

Literature

Haunted: 11 Novels with Emotional Ghosts

1. Artful by Ali Smith<p>This enchanting book is delightfully strange and essentially Ali Smith — she took four talks which she gave at Oxford …