Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
‘What can I say? Is there a God or not?’
On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered landslides in the Himalayas of Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people. Some 300 residents and tourists in Langtang village were killed, including roughly half of its permanent residents. Those who survived found their homes – and lives – almost entirely destroyed in an instant. Gyalmu’s House traces the perseverance of one survivor, Nima Gyalmu Lama, as she struggles to come to terms with her tragic new reality a year later. With a great many of her relatives, including her daughter, lost in the landslide, Nima, along with her husband and other surviving villagers, work to build a new home, brick by brick. While she still approaches life with grace and humour, Nima wonders what, if any, God could have allowed such a tragedy to befall her village.
Director: Asmita Shrish, Gavin Carver
Website: Dhaulagiri Films
Knowing if you’re awake seems simple. Why has it vexed philosophers for centuries?
Stories and literature
Solaris and beyond – Stanisław Lem’s antidotes to the bores of American sci-fi
Ecology and environmental sciences
To renew Yosemite, California should embrace a once-outlawed Indigenous practice
Before the Beatles dropped acid, a BBC workshop was creating far-out sounds
Philosophy of language
For Ludwig Wittgenstein, language is a game, but not a frivolous one
Is paying with hand-drawn banknotes artistry or forgery? The knotty case of J S G Boggs
Consciousness and altered states
You need to make friends with pain to run through the Grand Canyon and back
Grotesque imagery meets religious conservatism in Hieronymus Bosch’s art
Why a sculptor pivoted from gallery installations to big-box stores design