Hans Rollmann is a writer and editor based in Eastern Canada. He's a columnist, writer and opinions editor with the online news magazine TheIndependent.ca. His work has appeared in a range of other publications both print and online, from Briarpatch Magazine to Feral Feminisms. In addition to a background in radio-broadcasting, union organizing and archaeology, he's currently completing a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies in Toronto. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or @hansnf on Twitter.
Personal Morality, Not Political Ideology: 'Doctor Who' and the Cold War | 27 May 2016 // 5:01 AM
How does a 2,000-year-old (give or take a few centuries) Gallifreyan Time Lord engage with the very human politics of mid-20th century class war?
The Empress Of Impossible Dreams | 16 Nov 2015 // 9:30 PM
Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) is a no-bullshit pop music storyteller for our modern age, and talks to PopMatters about the numerous cultural influences of her debut full-length Me.
Fade Away Slow: An Interview with Tamaryn | 16 Aug 2015 // 9:02 PM
When a musician describes one of her tracks as "an early Madonna song if it was produced by My Bloody Valentine", you know you're in for something special.
Nadifa Mohamed: Writing the Lives of Somalia's Women | 23 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM
The complex psychology of pre-war Somalia, and the endurance of its women, is vividly portrayed in The Orchard of Lost Souls.
The Increasingly Political, Ever Lulzy, Richly Cultural World of Hackers | 12 May 2015 // 10:15 PM
Gabriella Coleman, ethnographer of Anonymous, is on a mission to dispel stereotypes and acknowledge the cultural contributions of hackers.
Parody, Pastiche, and Poignant Observation: On Polish Journalist Ryszard Kapuscinsi's Insight | 8 Oct 2017 // 9:00 PM
Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.
Hard to Stomach: Romania, Anti-Semitism, and the Lessons of Fascism | 25 Sep 2017 // 9:30 PM
Mihail Sebastian's depiction of the many faces of anti-Semitism in For Two Thousand Years, from workplace jokes to street violence, is breath-taking in its horror.
A World Made of War: On Oriana Fallaci's Fearless Journalism | 21 Sep 2017 // 9:35 PM
Cristina de Stefano’s discusses her perceptive insight into the fascinating Italian journalist with Oriana Fallaci, a book delivered in a riveting and engaging narrative style that’s evocative of Fallaci herself.
Never Settle, Never Rest on Your Laurels: Activist Catherine Hernandez on Her Book, 'Scarborough' | 17 Sep 2017 // 9:00 PM
Theatre practitioner Catherine Hernandez reveals the complexity of representation and responsibility in writing fiction.
Does the Recent Scholarship on 'Mein Kampf' Risk Giving It More Legitimacy Than It Deserves? | 28 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM
Fringe bohemians and academic dropouts can produce great beauty and brilliance, in addition to great horrors. So what’s the point?
How to Ruin a University Without Really Trying //26.Jul.17
Radicalism and the Art of Compromise //19.Dec.16
Pondering Life Post-Capitalism in 'Four Futures' //20.Oct.16
The Sustaining Lure of the Paris Commune //1.Sep.16
The Dark Side of the Modern Olympics //15.Aug.16
'The Statesman and the Storyteller': The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience //7.Jul.16
Teen Manga Tackle Tough Topics //8.Jun.16
Drawing Disaster: Comics, War and Trauma //5.May.16
Socialist Solutions for America's Problems //5.May.16
How to Save the Media (and Democracy) //1.May.16
Is Copyright Killing Creativity? //14.Apr.16
A No-Nonsense Agenda for the Left //7.Feb.16
Music Fest Feminists Strike Back //29.Sep.15
How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature? //27.Sep.15
How Should We Respond to Terrorism? //14.Sep.15
When Do Misogynistic Lyrics Become Hate Speech? //20.Jul.15
Is Gender Out of Fashion? //29.Jun.15
Uncovering Queer History in 'Gay Berlin' //10.Mar.15
Let's Make Childhood Savage, Again //22.Feb.15
Will the Bubble Burst on Our Right to Privacy? //18.Feb.15
Much Ado About Art, Satire and Terrorism //15.Feb.15
In Defense of Brunch //10.Feb.15
America Went to War on Terror and Terror Won //9.Feb.15
'The Secret History of Wonder Woman' Also Reveals a Great Deal About Our Own Social History //5.Feb.15
'The Copyright Wars' Rage on After 300 Years //10.Dec.14
Katha Pollitt on Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Rejecting Shame and Renewing America's Potential //7.Oct.14
Comics, Cosmopolitanism, and Canadiana //22.Sep.14
Truth in Beauty and Beauty in Truth: Graphic Memoir 'Diario de Oaxaca' | 13 Oct 2017 // 5:30 AM
Peter Kuper’s work reminds us of the vibrant and inspired everyday people who live under the tyranny of petty and corrupt officials in both Mexico and the United States.
Jiro Taniguchi’s ‘Furari’ Will Enchant You | 11 Oct 2017 // 4:30 AM
The maximalist minimalism of Jiro Taniguchi's work is on full display in this gentle, rewarding work.
There Is Power in 'Curry' | 20 Sep 2017 // 3:30 AM
Naban Ruthnum’s provocative intellectual journey traces the complex roots of curry and its diasporic colonization of the West.
It's Time to Confront the Tyranny of the Professional Class | 30 Aug 2017 // 4:30 AM
The Amateur argues that professionals -- and the roles they assume -- facilitate the wealth generation of those in power in our neoliberal hierarchy.
Whatever Happened to American Idealism? | 16 Jun 2017 // 6:30 AM
Young Radicals reminds us that idealism and progressive radicalism are not terms of insult; they are core American values that America needs desperately to rediscover.