Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 24, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Shaking Up the Routine

Book Title: Redhead by the Side of the Road

Most mornings I feel some flavor of this, despite a very decent morning routine with my dog and the paper and breakfast…   I have to work my way towards a better mood. Maybe I should rethink my routine, at least for now? Beth Alexander stops in at Bacon today with an intriguing recommendation…

April 22, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Jerry Williams, Tricia Carswell, and How to Catch a Mole

“I’m not sure I will choose my old pace on the other side,” says Tricia. “I’m surprised by how easily we gave up some of our personal freedoms, like freedom of assembly, though there’s nothing like a pandemic to get one’s attention,” says Jerry. “We won’t ‘unshelter’ perfectly, but overall I like what I see,” says Tricia. “Well, I’m in awe of Dr. Birx’s scarves,” …

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April 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Figuring It Out.

Yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that the state’s Safer at Home order will be lifted April 30th. Nashville’s may last longer. We’ll all have a lot to figure out, and soon. More on that in days to come. In the meanwhile, my friend Roger Moore, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Principal Senior Lecturer in the English department at Vanderbilt …

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April 18, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Night Special: Top 10 Shelter in Place

Tonight’s fierce Saturday Night Special comes straight from the heart and soul of regular Bacon contributor Matt Osborne… Our Bacon editor is allowing a break in protocol while we all shelter in place. So, no books this time. Songs instead. A shelter in place top 10, although it is a listing rather than a ranking. Feel free to make your own, but I would say …

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April 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Burial at Sea

  Everybody has to die of something. I didn’t say “everyone” on purpose. Every Body has to die of something. Yet we cannot bear to let a loved one die. We don’t much like to think of our own death. Underneath much of the conversation during Life in the Time of Corona lie these thoughts and half-thoughts, denials – and emotions. The 19th century was …

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April 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: The Solution to Feeling Listless

Book Title: Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and The Path Forward

I got in bed at 3:00 yesterday afternoon and took a nap. Did I need a nap? I did not need a nap. I was feeling listless. Adrift. On a walk with my husband later in the afternoon, he had a suggestion. The solution to feeling listless might lie in more lists. In less flexibility. But I’ve loved the newfound flexibility! And you love lists, …

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