Suggestion Saturday: June 9, 2012

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, articles and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

From Does Organic Food Make You a Jerk?

According to a study by a Loyola University professor, people who eat organic are more judgmental and less inclined to engage in altruistic behavior. In short: Maybe you’ll live longer if you eat organic, but everyone will wish you hadn’t.

I’m not thrilled with the methodology of this study but the results are eyebrow raising. If this sort of trend actually does exist I think it’s the result of rigid, judgmental personalities and not the food itself, though. I’ve seen similarly snobby attitudes about all kinds of stuff: religion, politics, gender roles, etc.

Contemporary Authors We Think We’ll Still be Reading in 100 Years. Looking for some new reading material? One of these authors might be right up your alley. I can vouch for anything from Doris Lessing if you like science fiction or fantasy. Her writing is extraordinary.

The Image Language. This is one of the most incredible websites I’ve ever visited. Click on the link, type any sentence or paragraph into the box on the left and hit enter. The site automatically posts the first google picture connected with each word in your entry. You end up with a collage of images that, as much as I’d never think to link them together, often really do match up well to the tone of your text.

The Dangers of Rom-Coms. Go pop on over to my friend ‘Seph’s blog for a thought-provoking discussion about how romantic comedies mislead us on what a healthy relationship looks like.

We Love to See You Smile. As much of a cliche as this may be to say a small act of kindness can have a big effect on someone who is having a terrible day. Click on the link to read one such story.

My reading list has been skimpy lately but I finally found something worth recommending. Everyone hopes that they and their loved ones live long and healthy lives. When this dream is disturbed by a bad diagnosis the fear can be overwhelming.

Memoir of a Debulked Woman tells the story of Susan Gubar’s experience with ovarian cancer. I’ve had two loved ones struggle with serious illnesses in the last few years. (No, neither of them have ovarian cancer.) I know what it’s like to be a family member of someone in this situation – this book shows you what it’s like to be diagnosed with something  terrible.

What have you been reading?

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4 Responses to Suggestion Saturday: June 9, 2012

  1. I’m starting “god is not great” by Christopher Hitchens. First militant atheist reading I’ve ever done. We will see how it goes … He might make me as mad as the militant faith people do. Ha!

    • I’m not a fan of militant books in general but let me know what you think of that one. I have heard good things about it from people who like that sort of thing. 🙂

  2. After the first chapter, I need to correct my statement. He is not militant. He is quite fair and reasonable. I’m gonna like this book …

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