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‘Maybe next year we’ll have less stories to tell.’
Pumpkin Movie opens with the Canadian filmmaker Sophy Romvari, blue-lit in front of her laptop, in a shadowy room festooned with Halloween lights and a black-and-white horror film on TV. This mix of the mundane and the eerie is the staged setup for a conversation about something that’s far from fictional – the misogyny they experience every day. Over a Skype call, with Romvari in Vancouver and her friend in Halifax, they trade a year’s worth of sexist encounters while carving pumpkins and drinking wine. What emerges is both a deeply personal and edgily playful exploration of the forms of casual misogyny that don’t make for headlines, but pervade everyday life.
What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?
Philosophy of mind
Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity
An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction
Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free
Thinkers and theories
Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher
What do tropical fish make of the strange creatures who love them so?