Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

On Kindness

  I’ve seen a lot of kindness the last 6 days, after taking a spill with Daisy the puppy on the stairs while spending a weekend away. A surgeon in Nashville repaired the 3 broken bones in my left ankle, adding some shiny new hardware and reattaching a tendon; the 2 breaks in the right foot will heal on their own in a boot. In the meanwhile – immobilized, …

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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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March 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

It’s Been a Week

Book Title: Where Reasons End

It’s been a week. Tornadoes in Tennessee and post-tornado suffering and love; Super Tuesday and the clarification of the Democratic primary; the dread-inducing novel coronavirus, giving novels everywhere a bad name. My friend Matt Osborne stops in today with a meditation on peace and meaning in the face of extraordinary worry and existential despair. He calls it a post on storytelling. At the end, I’ll …

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September 4, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Back to School Special: Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Book Title: The Order of Time

Today’s post is a back-to-school special. It’s for the lifelong learners among us. It’s for the lifelong fretters among us. It’s for the metalheads and the ladies with silver hair and the fake blondes (me) – for anyone who ever thinks about the passage of time. Guest writer Matt Osborne takes us on a genial and informative guided tour of Carlo Rovelli’s new book, The …

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May 17, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Hope Remains

Book Title: 31 Days in May

I don’t feel great in the fearsome months of May and December – do you? (Speaking as a person who’s wound pretty tight already.) I’m grateful that mental health gets a lot more attention than it used to. Matt Osborne returns to Bacon today with a feature on Mental Health Awareness Month and the provocative, heart-wrenching work of artist Derek Hess. (You can find Hess’s work …

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January 21, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

All I Have To Do Is Dream

Book Title: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

The Everly Brothers were not the first to croon about the power of dreams, but they did pretty much corner the market for a while. There’s a new kid in town – Matthew Walker – and Matt Osborne returns to Bacon today for a terrific discussion of his new book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. From Matt: I love to …

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June 30, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Who’s Your Favorite Literary Character? (Summer Series, Part 1)

  Which literary characters have most enchanted you, taking up residence in your mind and heart? For me: Dorothy, Frodo, Laura and her family, Harry and Hermione (the two forever linked in my mind, I can take or leave Ron). Also the little girl in The Little Princess, and James Herriot, to the extent that an autobiography is a person’s creation of himself as a …

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March 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Special: It’s Epic!

Book Title: Norse Mythology

Spring Break is all fun and games until one of the kids – your friend’s kid! the kid she trusted you with! – steps on a shard of glass poolside which lodges at a strange angle in her foot and you find yourself at Urgent Care. At that point you’re feeling EPIC ANXIETY followed by EPIC RELIEF after the doctor successfully removes the shard and …

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December 9, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bob Dylan’s Nobel: How Does It Feel?

Thank you, Nobel Committee – we needed something else to divide our nation!   Friends, neighbors, and co-workers have been shocked by the Committee’s decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature, sparking heated discussions across the land. I convened a symposium of four friends who are passionate about music and literature, and here’s what they have to say…  From George Cassidy, author, songwriter, …

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