Category Archives: Culture

The Hobbyhorse Revolution Is Real

Hobbyhorse Revolution

Hobbyhorse Revolution

Teenage girls in Finland have turned playing around with hobbyhorses into a sport and it’s kinda awesome.

These girls compete in competitions throughout the country that emulate actual horsejumping competitions.

A recent film about it, Hobbyhorse Revolution, filmed at the 2017 Hot Docs festival.

Sarah used this opportunity to interview director Selma Vilhunen.

Sarah also tried hobbyhorsing herself.

To read the full feature head over to The Establishment by clicking here.


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Playing The Game Explores Life Of Professional Street Fighter Players

Playing The Game

Playing The Game

There’s a not so secret world where people play the video game Street Fighter professionally.

There’s also a world where there’s a documentary film about these digital athletes called Playing The Game.

During the 2017 edition of the Hot Docs film festival Sarah spoke to the film’s director Takao Gotsu about this world.

To read the story head over to Fightland by clicking here.

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Behind Buffy Sainte-Marie And Tanya Tagaq’s Collaboration

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Polaris Music Prize winners Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq teamed up awhile ago to create the song “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” together.

The pair talked about the song as well as a number of other issues in episode five of the Polaris Podcast, which I had a hand in helping put together.

The song was recorded in fall 2016 at Orange Lounge in Toronto with producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Drake). It was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett).

The song was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and was the subject of the 1979 film, Spirit Of The Wind.

To listen click on the player below.

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Why Julia, Sesame Street’s New Autistic Muppet, Is Valuable

Julia, Sesame Street's autistic Muppet

Julia, Sesame Street’s autistic Muppet

Sesame Street has just introduced a new autistic Muppet character named Julia.

There are a number of reasons why this new character is valuable. For one, it will better enlighten non-autistics on how to share the world with autistic persons. Likely more important, though, it will give autistic persons a valuable reference tool to help them navigate the world.

Using television characters as guides to navigating the real world can be an uneven pursuit.

Sarah explained why in her debut post for Vox’s “First Person” section.

To read the full story go here.

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Attacking Mothers With Autistic Children Is Wrong

Apparently one of the great joys in life for cruel people is to harshly judge mothers of various stripes.

This is particularly the case for mothers of children with autism.

Sarah wrote about why this is tremendously uncool in a piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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YouTube Playlists: Shark Attacks, Faceplants, Billy Corgan

Shark bites diving cage

Shark bites diving cage

Ditch TV, the website I curated a bajillion video playlists for, is now RIP and apparently an impassable “insecure connection,” according to my web browser.

That’s ok, though. The work I did for them lives on.

Here are some of the playlists I did for them back in the day:

Remembering Lollapalooza 2010

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2010

Scary Ass Shark Attacks

The Painful Art Of The Faceplant

This Is Billy Corgan’s America

New Pornographers’ Still Bruisin’

15 Great Tiny Desk Concerts

The Unique Style Of 80s CanRock

Last Shadow Puppets Got Style


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Sima Azimi, Afghanistan’s First Female Wushu Instructor

Sima Azimi

Sima Azimi

Shaolin Wushu Club of Afghanistan might be among the bravest, boldest martial arts clubs in the world right now.

That’s because the group, led by Sima Azimi, is bringing martial artist training to women in a conservative society where female improvement of this sort is frowned upon.

Sarah wrote about this for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.



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