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.
Test Dept's Disturbance is precisely what the dark uncertainty of the present moment calls for: a primeval blending of ancient ambiance and modern tech, building fast and furious into a soundtrack that batters the fragile Quotidien present with a beautiful rage.
Why must I tote around a book the size of a '90s-era laptop computer, carried in a bag slung over aching shoulders and twisted back, while my friends in Japan can enjoy the same book slipped near weightlessly into their pants pocket?
As political partisanship grows more fierce let us realize what happens when such bluster and rage escape the realm of the abstract. Scholastique Mukasonga's The Barefoot Woman is a thoughtful tribute to her mother, who was murdered in the Rwandan genocide.