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.
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.
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is not merely another college lit anthology, but a fascinating collection of short stories from all periods and from several authors who all too rarely make it into English translation.