Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 3, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Why We Read (and Re-Read): Guest Post by Peter Taylor

Sometimes a gift comes to you – unbidden – from God, the universe, or your local bookstore. A few months ago, I was chatting with Peter Taylor, a high school senior, at Parnassus. He was behind the counter, working part-time (he’s Passionate about books). He was leaving for a year in Bolivia soon, he told me, and offered to send a guest post from there. …

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March 26, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Wednesday Special: The Question of the Soul

On occasional Wednesdays, I’ll post a passage from a current read that is too amazing, provocative, funny, or beautiful not to share.  Today’s selection is from Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrower (reviewed in yesterday’s post).  Sandro is a successful artist in New York, the son of a wealthy Italian industrialist, and the older lover of the protagonist, Reno.  He shoots a man in the hand during …

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