Hans Rollmann is a writer, editor, and broadcaster based in Canada. An award-winning journalist, he's a reporter/editor with the online media publication The Independent (TheIndependent.ca) and Program Director at community radio station CHMR-FM. He adores travel, writing, and Portuguese cheese. He abhors vacuums, stir-fries, and brussels sprouts. He's ambivalent on broccoli and the Oxford comma. He can be reached by email at hansnf [at-sies] gmail [dot-sies] com or on Twitter @hansnf.
While Keiji Nakazawa never hesitated to loose his wrath on fascist or right-leaning tendencies through the fury of his irrepressible cartoon hero in Barefoot Gen, Takeo Aoki's Hiroshima's Revival weaves a more cautious path through the political jungle of wartime memory.
John Hersey covered Hiroshima and America's race riots with empathy, courage, and profound humility. Jeremy Treglown's biography, Mr. Straight Arrow, should bring a new generation of readers to Hersey's work.
Jaron Lanier says we should delete our social media accounts, yet it's not social media per se, but the way in which it presently exists, that Lanier is concerned about. But Lanier is overlooking a critical factor in our social media addiction.
Socialists need to do better in fighting against identity-based discrimination, as editor of Jacobin Bhaskar Sunkara notes in The Socialist Manifesto, but that struggle will only be effective if waged as part of a larger struggle against neoliberal capitalism.