Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Betsy & Meade: A Few Thoughts on FOGO and Fava Beans…

My FOGO (“Fear of Going Out”) is worst in the morning after skimming too many articles on Apple News (even with the fortification of a second strawberry Pop-Tart and second cup of tea). It’s only when I go outside and water the flowers that I’m not as scared of the world. My fear tends to diminish as the day goes on. I may even fly …

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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 3, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Only One Life (Life in the Time of Corona)

Someone left this book in my mailbox – wrapped in a ribbon – the other day. Thank you friend, whoever you are. I’m not reading one meditation at a time. I’m gulping down 4 or 5, then taking a few days off, then reading as many as I want. I’m traveling around the book. In the introduction, Buechner said that was just fine. And anyway …

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April 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Didn’t See That Coming

  Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center and Dean of the Vanderbilt Medical School, has a front row seat to some of the most terrifying – and hopeful – things that are going on right now. I’m delighted for him and his wife Melinda – a radiant community leader – to share their impressions at Bacon today…