Suggestion Saturday: August 18, 2012

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

Hyperrealistic Paintings of People Wrapped in Plastic. I have a hard time interpreting modern art. Don’t ask me to explain  these paintings but I love looking at them. It’s amazing that some people are able to paint such realistic depictions of the human body that I at first assumed they were photographs. How in the world does one learn how to do that? Fair warning: there is nudity in this link. It’s tasteful and not as graphic as you’re probably imagining but I try not to surprise my readers with these things. 😉

From Redeeming Susan Pevensie:

That is why, to this day, 40 years after first meeting her in the first sentence of the first book-book I ever read, I still have strong feelings about Susan Pevensie.

Not strong feelings for her — I don’t mean a reader’s crush — but about her. Anyone who has read and loved Lewis’ Narnia books has encountered the problem of Susan. Her story ends poorly. What happens to Susan is just wrong.

Struggling with an Abusive Aging Parent via My Better Nursing Home. This blogger’s heart is in the right place but I don’t think there’s one right way to respond in this situation. For some people reconnecting with a (formerly?) abusive loved one is the right decision. For others it might be healthier to visit sparingly or to walk away from the relationship entirely. Any of these things can be done in a spirit of love and forgiveness. It’s not up to those of us standing outside of the circle to judge what works for other families.

Minimalist Street Art via Ken Kaminesky. I’m actually a big fan of street art but these pictures are fantastic. And, to be honest, any style of art can become grating if it isn’t done thoughtfully.

From How Advertisers Convinced America They Smell Bad:

Young realized that improving sales wasn’t a simple matter of making potential customers aware that a remedy for perspiration existed. It was about convincing two-thirds of the target population that sweating was a serious embarrassment.

Young decided to present perspiration as a social faux pas that nobody would directly tell you was responsible for your unpopularity, but which they were happy to gossip behind your back about.


The Giver was one of my favourite childhood books. I recently decided to reread it and was pleasantly surprised to see how well it holds up. Jonas lives in a community in which every major life decision is made for you – your career, your spouse, and which children you raise. It’s a world without war, colours, pain, music, grief and love.  If you’ve read this book I must know your interpretation of the ending. Just leave a *spoiler* tag in your comment so those who haven’t read it will know to skip ahead.

What have you been reading?


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4 Responses to Suggestion Saturday: August 18, 2012

  1. tammy

    So many good links! I followed a rabbit trail on the Susan idea. I’m wondering now about some feminists I know who are fans of Lewis. Hmmmm …

    • Thank you. 🙂

      To where did your rabbit trail lead you?

      • tammy

        I read all the links in the article you posted, then sent one on to Jackie for her opinion. I’m still thinking about feminism, religion, and Lewis. I lived his trilogy about mars, Venus, and earth. Not sure if I would still like it …. I may have changed a lot since I read it …

  2. Lydia

    As long as you provide links back to my site and don’t copy entire blog posts feel free to quote as much as you wish!

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