Painful Pursuits

Human Suspension & the Soul's Quest for Peace

As a writer with an eye on culture, I thought I was not easily disturbed. Then I saw something about human suspension. "Suspension" is one of those extreme hobby-pastimes, but you wouldn't call it a "sport." Suspension is when a person allows himself to be pierced with large hooks and then lifted off the ground from a rigging of ropes and pulleys attached to the hooks. Kate Shelton, a London-based filmmaker who does not suspend but loves all things weird and macabre, explored the phenomenon in On Tender Hooks. I watched the trailer in stunned disbelief. Then, after steeling my nerves, I watched the full-length film.

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has a BS in Computer Science and worked in software development with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she works as Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #34, Fall 2015 Copyright © 2022 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo34/painful-pursuits

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