Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 18, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Once and Future Nutcracker: Guest Post by Paul Vasterling

Even a joyful holiday ballet like The Nutcracker nods gently towards madness, darkness, and fear: in the dangerous Mouse King, first and foremost, and also in the mysterious magician and uncle, Drosselmeier. E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story – on which it is based – tells a darker story than Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Darker yet is Gregory Maguire’s new novel Hiddensee: The Once and Future Nutcracker. “As evidenced especially …

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September 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

September Special: One Book, Two Readings, Three Shows

August departs in a dreadful deluge. But September arrives – I hope, I believe – with hope and hustle, even in times such as these. September strides in with energy and eagerness, industry and effort. Today’s post features one book, two readings, and three performances perfect for this month – plus tremendous gratitude for a home that is safe and dry and those who help …

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March 19, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break in Nashville: Three Things To Do When You’re Left Behind

Book Title: Richard Nixon: The Life

It’s Spring Break in Nashville and the city has left the premises. Those of us left behind are possibly dreaming of piña coladas in tropical locations. Today’s post features three fantastic happenings in Nashville this week to distract us from any woes! First up: The Frist Center for the Visual Arts My daughters had friends visiting from out of town, and we all headed down to …

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October 15, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Haunt Me, October: Top 5 Thrills in Nashville From Now Till Halloween

Lately I’ve been sitting on the back porch at dusk watching the bats emerge.  First I’ll see one or two skittering high above, then six or eight will appear as if out of thin air.  After that, I lose count; there might be twenty.  For a moment they swirl about together with an odd grace, then they set out on their own separate hunts.  Bat …

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May 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

One More Way to Stay Sane in May: Read a Book That Quiets Your Mind (Jim the Boy)

Book Titles: Jim the Boy

Maybe you’ve already got one – a book that takes you to a quiet place no matter what’s going on around you.  If not, try Jim the Boy, by Tony Earley. A friend recently put this novel, published fifteen years ago, back in my hands.  It has brought me more peace than anything else lately, and this seems a good time and reason enough to mention …

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April 13, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Interview with Paul Vasterling: On Books and Ballet

Some people do what they are called to do, and the world is changed in ways big and small.  Paul Vasterling, CEO and Artistic Director of Nashville Ballet, has grown Nashville Ballet from a small local company to a regional powerhouse arts organization doing what he loves.  Financially and artistically thriving, the Ballet has renovated and expanded its space, with a grand opening of its new facility …

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