Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 21, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Special: 6 Gifts

Hello, friends! The “Best Books of 2020” lists are rolling out. They include: The New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year; Washington Post Top 10 Books of the Year; Financial Times Best Books of the Year, Time magazine: The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 and Oprah magazine: Best Books of 2020. Town & Country also offers a smart and wide-ranging list.  It’s fun to browse in these …

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November 13, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: Miracle of Miracles!

NEWSFLASH: The documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” airs tonight on PBS at 8 pm central! From the New York Times: “A fascinating love letter to “Fiddler on the Roof” asks: What makes the quintessentially Jewish musical speak to everyone? Before “Fiddler on the Roof” became a Broadway classic and cultural touchstone, it was just a pretty bad idea. Who wants to see a musical …

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October 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Let’s leave Hadestown tonight…

Dear Bacon Friends, Let’s leave Hadestown tonight. Orpheus has snuck into hell, begging Hades to let his lover Eurydice rejoin him in the world above. Hades laughs – scornful – but Persephone convinces him to give the young lovers another chance. To let Eurydice go. On one condition: Hades requires Orpheus to walk out of hell alone, with Eurydice following. If he looks back, she …

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October 18, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Wait for Me, I’m Coming Too (Hadestown #9)

  Bacon’s journey to Hadestown wraps up this week in three final installments. One fears things may not end well, and yet – one hopes. As today’s action begins, Orpheus been gone a long time, working on his song. When he finally comes looking for Eurydice, he can’t find her. “Where is she?” he asks Hermes, distraught.           Six feet under …

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October 17, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Hey, Little Songbird (Hadestown #8)

Eurydice waits patiently for her lover Orpheus to finish writing his song, a song of beauty beyond measure that will transform the world with its light and love. She waits as patiently as she is able. And yet – she’s cold, and hungry, and lonely. Orpheus is gone. That’s when Eurydice hears the song of Hades. Patrick Page’s performance as Hades is absolutely chilling, particularly …

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October 16, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

King of Silver, King of Gold (Hadestown #7)

Is it possible that Hades is a tragic figure, driven by loneliness, jealousy, and doubt? Orpheus imagines Hades as a King of Pain, trapped in the spider web of his own emotions… “He thinks of his wife in the arms of the sun And jealousy fuels him and feeds him and fills him With doubt that she’ll never come – Dread that she’ll never come …

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October 14, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Way Down Under the Ground (Hadestown #6)

The day comes when Persephone must return to the Underworld, and the train comes to pick her up.  “Winter’s nigh and summer’s o’er Hear that high and lonesome sound Of my husband coming for To bring me home to Hadestown…” “That was not six months!” she cries, when he arrives. “I missed you,” said Hades, love in his eyes… She’s not blind to his faults …

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October 12, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

What Love Asks… (Hadestown #5)

Eurydice, with all the love and joy a heart can hold, asks this of Orpheus: promise me that things will always be this way. “I promise,” he says – and I would have believed that boy too. One’s heart breaks for their love, and their youth, and for their belief that anything might stay the same.  One must not hold too tightly to anything, I …

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October 11, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Livin It Up on Top (Hadestown #4)

  It’s hard being married to Hades – we can imagine. Super hard living in the darkness and depths of the Underworld.  When Persephone returns to the earth’s surface each year to bring spring, can you blame her for going a little wild? Maybe she should slow down on the vino… but maybe not.  “I’ve been to hell and back again But like my mama …

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