Good Neighbor: Francis D. Bacon

Interviewed by Leslie Criss | Photographed by Joe Worthem

Francis D. Bacon (a.k.a. the Price Street Pig) has become a star since he moved to Oxford from Hollywood, California, earlier this year, as evidenced by his growing fan base and multiple local media reports circulating about him. Born on Sept. 4, 1983 (coincidentally International Bacon Day), Francis has worked as an actor in Hollywood, a performer at children’s birthday parties and a Frank Sinatra impersonator. He generously shares his Price Street home — where he is regularly spotted getting into mischief — with filmmaker Ryan Byers, formerly of California.

Q: So, Francis D. Bacon of Price Street, what is your middle name?

A: Daniel. My favorite actor is Daniel Day Lewis.

Q: What do you think of Oxford and the friends you’ve made so far?

A: As a Hollywood native, my time in Oxford has been vastly different. I’ve traded the smog and screaming producers in for fried catfish and a seemingly never-ending supply of new friends. I also recently got to kiss a woman named Linda on her 80th birthday. Life is good.

Q: Can you tell us more about your Hollywood connections?

A: I spent my formative years working within the Hollywood system, acting in a number of high-profile films, making various public appearances and developing plenty of bad habits, as is the custom in Tinsel Town. Ultimately, I learned that glitz and glam isn’t as ideal a lifestyle as grits and ham.

Q: What is your favorite way to relax and watch the world go by?

A: If I’m not devouring lightning bugs in the front yard, I’m devouring literature from Square Books. I’m particularly fond of Flannery O’Connor and the autobiographies of revolutionary leaders.

Q: You spend a lot of time outside. What’s your favorite season in Mississippi and why?

A: I only just arrived in Mississippi, so I’m still getting acclimated to the different seasons, but I can already tell that football season will be my favorite — provided the Ole Miss fans keep their use of “pigskins” to a minimum.

Q: Do you have a best friend and can you tell us about them?

A: It’s hard to choose a best friend, as I’ve made so many, so to be fair, I’d like to nominate the entire town of Oxford as my best friend and extended family. I might as well take this opportunity to formally announce my candidacy for mayor and to encourage new friends (and future constituents) to follow me on Instagram @PriceStreetPig.

To keep tabs on everyone's favorite neighborhood pig, find Francis on Instagram @PriceStreetPig.

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