Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Girlfriends in the Time of Corona: I Don’t Give Anxiety Permission (But Wine Is Allowed)

Sometimes a girlfriend knows you better than you know yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend likes you better than you like yourself. Sometimes a girlfriend laughs with you and helps you laugh at yourself. Agenia Clark and Marlee Mitchell make each other laugh, and they’ll make you smile too! Agenia Clark is the charismatic CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; Marlee Mitchell is a badass, National-Park-loving …

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May 18, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Science, Woo-Woo, and Country Fried Pragmatism: Life in the Time of Corona

My friend Stephanie Pruitt Gaines moves through the world with big love and big creative energy. She’s a poet who puts poems in vending machines; she’s an “artrepreuneur”; she advises the Nashville Public Library. She and her husband Al are world famous for “Poems & Pancakes”! Okay, maybe locally famous. They are known and loved for it. Stephanie is known and loved all over Nashville. …

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May 15, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: John and Allison Beasley in The Villa on the Hilla

“John Beasley is Vanderbilt University” for many alumni and friends of the school, said then-Chancellor Joe Wyatt on Beasley’s retirement after a five-decade career. John has been a wit, a wag, and an institution himself, widely admired and respected. Does it sound too old fashioned to say that Allison Beasley has been right by his side? I’ll just say it. She’s been right by his …

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May 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Dispatch from Lake Tillery

“Lake Tillery” sounds like someplace in Narnia. It occurs to me that I might need to reread The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Or the brilliant Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman. Fillory – I’m remembering now – is the name of the magical land visited by the young people in Grossman’s novels. “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey …

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May 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

John and Louise Bryan in the Time of Corona: What is a Merry Man?

Louise Bryan currently serves as Vice Mayor of the City of Belle Meade (BAM!) and makes a mean Shrimp and Grits. Her husband, John Bryan, is Hushpuppy King of Savannah Classics (CEO). Today, they share their Bacon Wisdom… Hi Louise and John! It’s so great to spend some time with you today! John, the last time I saw you was a few months ago when …

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