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‘My brain feels like it’s been punched’: the intolerable rise of perfectionism

Research found a 33% increase since 1989 in those who feel they must display perfection to secure approval<p>Perfectionism is about attempting to correct or deal with a defective, flawed, not-good-enough sense of self Paul Hewitt<p>Tom Nicol thought he had a problem with sleep. He could never get enough. …

World Health Organization

An Indian expat in Germany explains why he won’t be coming back

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Why don’t Indians in foreign countries return to India?</i> <i>Answer by Gautam Sawala, an Indian expat residing in Germany. It has been edited for style and minor errors.</i><p>Been in Germany for about four years now. For now, I don’t want to return to India for (the) …

India

These 25 Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Will Blow Your Mind

Science fiction has the power to transport us to other dimensions, expand the boundaries of our imaginations, and teach us very important lessons about being leaders and adapting to change. Once you've read through all the best sci-fi classics, you might be ready to cozy up on the couch with a …

Movies

The Dark Knight’s IMAX bank heist was a reverse revolution

Christopher Nolan’s large-format obsession wowed audiences and his contemporaries — no glasses required<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight’s <i>10th anniversary, Polygon is</i> <i>spending the week investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us</i> …

Comic Books

The world's No 1. travel experience is this cooking class in Italy

More millennials are spending money on travel experiences over buying things, and research shows these experiences bring more happiness.<p>So what is …

Italy

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo.<p>As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It is a system that …

Sustainability

Rian Johnson of ‘The Last Jedi’ Shares ‘The Only Advice That Matters’ for Aspiring Directors

Having gone from a $500K feature to 'Star Wars', Rian Johnson knows a thing or two about the hero’s journey.No matter what you think of Rian …

Star Wars

Learn the History of Indian Philosophy in a 62 Episode Series from The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: The Buddha, Bhagavad-Gita, Non Violence & More

The belief in a singular, coherent “Western tradition” in philosophy has led to a very insular, Eurocentric view in philosophy departments, as Jay L. …

Indian Philosophy

‘Calibre’ is the best thriller you haven’t watched

A python has never choked me out, but I imagine watching Netflix’s <i>Calibre</i> is a reasonable approximation. <i>Calibre</i> is a descent into darkness, and it’s …

Film Festivals

The Conspiracy Behind 'Three Identical Strangers' Is Beyond Messed Up

The triplets from the film spoke with VICE about the shadowy reason they were separated at birth.<p><i>The following article contains spoilers</i>.<p>In the beginning, <i>Three Identical Strangers</i> plays like a feel-good movie. In the fall of 1980, Robert Shafran went off to college in upstate New York and found out …

Siblings

Hear Stanley Kubrick Explain the 2001: A Space Odyssey Ending In a Rare, Unearthed Video

The director famously refused to give his interpretation of the sci-fi masterpiece.<p>When it was originally released in 1968, audiences didn't really know what the hell to think of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. In fact, 250 critics walked out of the New York premiere, literally asking aloud, "What is this …

unearthedvideo

'Sharp Objects': DP Yves Bélanger on Letting Available Light and the Subject Shape Your Cinematography

For DP Yves Bélanger of the HBO miniseries 'Sharp Objects', following the moment is central, even in a narrative. <i>Sharp Objects</i>, the new HBO …

Cinematography

Peering Inside One of the World’s Great Japanese Mask Collections

At home with Los Angeles collector Jerry Solomon.<p>Upon entering the historic Hollywood Hills home of Jerry Solomon, one is struck by the sheer breadth …

Art

Yotam Ottolenghi’s hummus recipes

Hummus gets its name from the Arabic word for “chickpea”, and traditionally it contains just chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; olive oil is used only to finish it off on the plate. Other versions, based mainly on olive oil and containing anything from beetroot to avocado, I’ve always …

Recipes

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Free Movie Website: Here’s Why the Director Picked These Cult Movies to Stream

Refn is making four of his favorite cult films available to stream online for free. Here's why he thinks each one is worth a view.<p>Nicolas Winding …

Film Industry

Utterly buttery: the Scottish pastries ‘that look like roadkill croissants’

Think of it as a Scottish version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The setting is a hardware shop in the pretty village of Ballater, gateway to the Cairngorms. Behind the counter is Alistair Cassie, AKA “Mr Ballater”, once television repairman to the Queen, now in his 70s and busy spreading Lurpak on a …

Scotland

All the Pieces Matter review – the inside story of The Wire

While shooting a scene for <i>The Wire</i> in the Baltimore city morgue, cinematographer Uta Briesewitz noticed a large pile of photographs of African American men. They were, she said, “beautiful young men, and all dead. One had a bullet to the head. Another had two bullet holes to the chest. They were …

Books

The highs (and lows) of travelling solo

Standing in a fug of heat outside Cairo airport, taxi drivers shouting at me, night falling fast and without a single coherent idea about what I am to do, I stare into space, resisting the urge to turn around and buy a one-way ticket back to Heathrow. I have left England only once before, on a …

Solo Travel

All the Types of Onions, and What They're Best For

By Alex Delany<p>White? Yellow? Red? Which type of onion is the right one to use for what? Allow us to explain.<p>What is the freakin' deal with all these different types of onions? Why isn't there just one onion? Wouldn't that be simpler? Well, yes, it would be simpler. But it would also be a hell of a …

Cooking

Leave No Trace is a beautiful, heart-rending film about a father and daughter living on the margins

Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik compassionately explores the ties between strangers that keep the world together.<p>Every year a handful of small, independent American films show up that leave you breathless. <i>Leave No Trace</i> is one of them.<p>Director Debra Granik favors stories of people living just …

Thomasin McKenzie

Get your head around the most mind-bending concepts in science

The idea of an infinite multitude of universes is forced on us by physics. But the multiverse takes many forms – and we’re still finding our place …

Physics

The Endless is the underrated, Lovecraftian sci-fi movie of the summer

The indie starts with a UFO death cult, and gets weirder<p><i>The Endless</i>, a low-budget science fiction film from 2017, has been released on VOD and rental services this week. It’s very likely you haven’t heard of it, which makes it even easier to recommend that you watch it without knowing any details …

Science Fiction

What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts

A couple of years after starting my most recent company, I had a scary realization. I noticed that by the time the business had grown to a hundred employees, my day-to-day role had gone from “guy who decides and builds things” to “guy who manages other people who decide and build things”—and I had …

Civil Rights

40 Horror Movies That Were Actually Based On True Stories

That's something Hollywood knows well, which is why there are so many classic and contemporary horror films that are based on true events.<p>Some of these films stray far from the bounds of reality, while others stick true to their non-fiction source material. Either way, they're all terrifying in …

Horror

30 Horror Movies So Twisted And Sick You'll Never Unsee Them

This brainchild of horror guru Eli Roth is pretty much every backpacker's nightmare. In it, a pair of American travelers check in to a hostel in Slovakia and are forced to endure a series of truly gruesome tortures.<p>Image: Lions Gate Films

Horror

At last, a sex robot that ‘wants’ you. How sad that anyone would want it | Suzanne Moore

Can you rape a robot – a robot you have specifically bought to have sex with? You can certainly overdo things, let’s put it that way. When I say “you”, I don’t mean you: I mean the men who make, possess and “interact” with these machines. “Samantha”, a sex robot developed by the electronic engineer …

Robots

The world's most beautiful places – according to film location scouts

Before Game of Thrones shot new scenes for Season 7 at Spain's quiet San Juan de Gaztelugatxe heritage site, not many of us knew of its existence. Now, for fans of the show at least, it's highly recognisable as the dramatic backdrop for Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen's castle - and, following the …

New Zealand

8 Deep-Sea Horror Novels To Read This Summer, As Recommended By People On Reddit

Even if summer seems like the most inappropriate time to read horror novels, fans of scary books know that there's no bad time to send chills down …

Books

The Gruesome History of the First Underwater Film

Popular Science reveals the lost footage capturing the rather gruesome history of the first time the deep sea had ever been filmed. The filmmaker …

Filmmaking

Book clinic: which books best explain why life is worth living?

<b>Which books can tell me, from a philosophical standpoint, what makes life worthwhile or worth living?</b><br>Shamsheer Bakaf, 27, doctor and global health scientist, Pakistan<p><b>Philosopher and author Julian Baggini</b><b>writes:</b><br>Surprisingly, few of the world’s great philosophers have directly addressed this …

American Philosophy