The Reenactments

The Reenactments For Nick Flynn that game we all play the who would play you in the movie of your life game has been answered The Reenactments is the story of adapting Flynn s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck C

For Nick Flynn, that game we all play the who would play you in the movie of your life game has been answered The Reenactments is the story of adapting Flynn s memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, into a film called Being Flynn It is also a searing meditation on consciousness, representation, and grief Flynn describes the surreal experience of being on set durinFor Nick Flynn, that game we all play the who would play you in the movie of your life game has been answered The Reenactments is the story of adapting Flynn s memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, into a film called Being Flynn It is also a searing meditation on consciousness, representation, and grief Flynn describes the surreal experience of being on set during the reenactments of the central events of his life his father s long run of homelessness and the suicide of his mother He tells the story of Robert De Niro s first meeting with his father in Boston and of watching Julianne Moore attempt to throw herself into the sea Expanding on the themes raised by these reenactments, Flynn weaves in meditations on the enigmatic Glass Flowers exhibition at Harvard University, alongside Ramachandran s experiments with sufferers of phantom limb syndrome, to create a compelling argument about the eternal nature of grief.

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  1. Nick Flynn is an American poet, memoirist, and playwright.His most famous book is a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City He has published two collections of poetry Blind Huber, and Some Ether, which won the inaugural PEN Joyce Osterweil Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Further honors include a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and the 1999 Discovery The Nation Award for his poem, Bag of Mice, about his mother s suicide.Flynn earned an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University and teaches part time at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program He used to teach at Columbia University, where he was a poet and educator He lives in New York and is married to the actress, Lili Taylor, with whom he has a daughter, Maeve Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.

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  1. Really enjoyed Nick Flynn s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Actually, I thought it was fantastic However, I was a bit reluctant to pick up The Reenactments The blurb for The Reenactments claims, For Nick Flynn, that game we all play the who would play you in the movie of your life game has been answered The Reenactments is the story of adapting Flynn s memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, into a film called Being Flynn That description didn t really pique my interest and, truth be to [...]

  2. This is one of the most intense books I have ever read But it s almost like it isn t trying to be intense it s written in these short little snips a quote here, a paragraph there, a page and a half next flowing from subject to subject, at a constant remove, an increasing then releasing philosophical distance, twisting in and around on itself what a perfect cover design, BTW , yanking you into and out of its intensity so many times that it leaves you breathless This is Nick Flynn s memoir of co p [...]

  3. as with nick flynn s other major prose works, the reenactments is a compelling, vignette style memoir flynn s 2004 another bullshit night in suck city was adapted into a film being flynn earlier this year, starring robert de niro, julianne moore, and paul dano as the young poet the reenactments recounts flynn s time spent on set during production, where he engaged with the actors and witnessed the dramatized retelling of two of his life s most consequential events meeting his father at a homeles [...]

  4. I received a free copy of this book through First Reads Having not read the original memoir I was unsure what to expect This is a delightful series of short entries of the author on set of the making of the movie of his previous memoir It is am engaging read with quick passages It almost feels you are a part of the process Now that I finished the book I think I need to check out the movied his first memoir

  5. I think Nick Flynn is a remarkable writer I recommend his book s without reservation simply because his turns of phrase, his minimalist style, and his thoughtfulness always impress me And yet, I reluctantly give this book two stars because I couldn t connect with it like I did his two previous memoirs I couldn t picture the Agassiz exhibits that housed such a large portion of his childhood memories I wasn t enad with the glass flowers, or as intrigued by how the mind is shaped by memories His de [...]

  6. Filled with interesting anecdotes about the nature of consciousness, impressions from his childhood, and the shadows of his troubled parents, memory and fiction come together in this memoir by Nick Flynn as he observes the movie about his life being filmed in real time For any fan of Maggie Nelson and her work, Nick Flynn is an easy recommendation He is, as I m told, the man in the blue shirt in Bluets.

  7. Don t go into this book expecting a behind the scenes peek at how movies get made Ostensibly, that s the point of The Reenactments author Nick Flynn serves as a consultant on a major motion picture based on his two memoirs , but this book is actually about the deeper, lyrical, spiritual meaning of events around the author, rather than the events themselves It s written in Nick s trademark style even though I read Another Bullshit Night in Suck City than four years ago, I instantly recognized Fl [...]

  8. How to describe this book A first person study of the psychology of grief As seen in the making of a movie starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore Nick Flynn s memoir is much and much less than that This is no emotional, chronological narrative of his mother s suicide and his dad s raging alcoholism Instead, it s a pointillistic portrait of these key triggers in his life, and his attempts to reconcile them with his life today, set against the real scenes being filmed about those moments Flynn [...]

  9. I ve read most of Flynn s work It tends to be dark and haunting, as to be expected dealing with suicide This memoir was still dark and haunting but it felt like Nick accepting what has happened in his past as opposed to allowing it to control his life A great read if your a fan of Flynn s writing.

  10. Memory, mental images, suicide, Glass Flowers, an impossible father, homelessness, a curious infant, no catharsis, and Hollywood Poetic, layered, intense Not easy reading, a Work of Art.

  11. I found I couldn t put this down, and stood in the kitchen reading it, dragged it around with me, let it heat up in the car and frantically, frantically read it, devoured it There are wildfires burning in Colorado, and the book felt like a wildfire in my brain, dry, sere, painful, but so shockingly honest and raw, its power resonated and showed its quiet beauty He hooked me when he quoted Teilhard de Chardin, Annie Dillard, and Rebecca Solnit, a triad of my favorite writers and thinkers He is se [...]

  12. Inspiration is a funny thing Last week I saw and adored Swiss Army Man Because of that, I ve started watching every Paul Dano movie I can find One of those is Being Flynn, the film adaptation of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn But I m not reading that I m reading The Reenactments, Nick Flynn s musings on the process of making the adaptation I feel like I got in deep in a very short span of time I read this book in an even shorter span of time just now, in one sittingThe concept [...]

  13. I have read everything Nick Flynn has written, and loved Another Bullshit Night in Suck City so much I felt that somehow he had written my memoir, trumped me, even though the family roles were mixed up I enjoyed the movie but loved the book so much , so when I saw this book, a memoir of the making of the movie, it was a no brainer I started and finished it in one day.It s beautiful As one of his blurbers said, only poets should write memoir though I might quibble with that only But she s right t [...]

  14. I have a problem with memoirs on addiction and mental health issues, especially when told through the prism of the author s family history structure The problem is that I will read every last one of them Nick Flynn is absolutely a favorite Five years ago I read Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, his debut memoir His story is, frankly, absurd, in a you can t make this shit up way And yet he handles its telling with such precision I read his second memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb, a few years la [...]

  15. Flynn s third memoir is a meta meta narrative that ostensibly is about the experience of turning his first memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City a brilliant book into a film One thematic strand looks intellectually at memory, perception, reality and self a second strand relates events on the film set and the making of a certain non reality a third thin layer adds story about his life his father s alcoholism and his relationship with his father, and importantly, his mother and her suicide [...]

  16. I think is my favorite prose work by Nick Flynn The book is written on so many levels that I am certain that each time I read it I will see something new and learn something new about myself.The chapters are all very short the longest being maybe four pages and shortest being only a few words If you have read all of his non fiction, you can see a progression and a synthesis of style The Reenactments, which uses the making of Being Flynn as the unifying element into which he weaves memory and res [...]

  17. This is a stunning book in many ways Flynn takes the mega meta concept of writing about a movie about his memoir and makes it feel like he and anyone who s read his great memoir, Another Bullshit Night In Suck City is falling down his own personal rabbit hole all over again I love the parts where he is trying to tell his dad about Robert De Niro playing him in the movie, and I also loved the part where he impulsively reaches out and hugs Julianne Moore On the downside, I feel like the chapters a [...]

  18. This is my favorite kind of memoir made of fragment and juxtaposition and memory The premise of this book, Flynn watches a movie being made of his earlier memoir, could be a solipsistic hall of mirrors, but it s not He escapes narcissism by meditating on absence and artifice, by thinking, piece by piece, about how memory, loss, and obsession work.The writing is, of course, beautiful and lyrical and poetic I love the fragments from brain science and psychology and art A few of the fragments expla [...]

  19. Flynn returns to the vignette format he utilized in The Ticking is the Bomb Much like his previous book he attempts to weave multiple threads together scientific data on memories, the manufacturing of realistic fake glass flowers, and his experience witnessing his first memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City being turned into a film The glass flowers thread gets a bit dull, but the other two threads remain interesting and touching By watching the movie being filmed Flynn is effectively watc [...]

  20. An obvious attempt at what the movie Adaptation calls sprawling New Yorker shit a genre I usually like This falls flat, though, in many ways mostly due to Flynn s lack of subtlety Not a bad read, but it doesn t live up to the hype it s gotten.

  21. How do you talk about this book I feel paranoid in too closely analyzing it for fear of wearing out the memory of it The characters, the plot, the trajectory is fine china It s brittle paper I feel warned This is not a book you can enjoy for the story, you have to enjoy it for the reason and the mystery and the non reversible history that made it happen, then appreciate the reason the story exists after you ve dissected it This isn t a story, really, it s of un story Because it was lived as an [...]

  22. I ve never read anything like The Reenactments, Nick Flynn s memoir about the making of Being Flynn, which was based on his book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City possibly the most compelling title ever Flynn combines the surreal nature of watching a movie being made about some of the most tragic moments of his life, while reliving those moments while reading philosophical and scientific studies on the nature of memory It all gets jumbled up into a gumbo that s part memoir, part philosophy and [...]

  23. Once again Nick Flynn manages somehow to use a memoir as the starting point and core of something so much bigger and profound Such a shame that the film Being Flynn had little or no theatrical release here in Australia The Reenactments completes the triptych that Flynn began with Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb , pausing only to offer us another book of poems, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands Read them all, read everything he writes, it s that good.

  24. A fascinating, lyrical reflection on the author s life, memories of that life, and the writing and filming that allowed him to re experience those memories Flynn wraps his mind around the complexities of difficult subject matter the suicide of his mother, his father s homelessness, his own psychological obstacles, the movie Being Flynn which is about all of this with candor, philosophical and scientific scrutiny, as well as poetic beauty This book will make you think in ways you normally don t A [...]

  25. I am a big fan of Nick Flynn I still remember the first time I read Another Bullshit Night in Suck City , it was an ARC, and I was in Chicago at a book convention The publisher who gave me the book said it would stay with my long after I finished it and here I am now, almost 10 years later and it did This is a fine follow up, and a great rounding out of the trilogy of memoirs I really recommend it, and all of Flynn s other work a fine poet too.

  26. The initial project, as the book presents itself, is fascinating a book that gets meta multiple times removed It s filled with fascinating thoughts on neurobiology, on trauma, on memory and how it preserves itself The book never lags, and its moments of brilliance are unforgettable Flynn s father asking De Niro, So you do a little acting and the final scene in the book particularly stand out.

  27. Good complement to Another Bullshit NIght in Suck City This book is about the filming of the movie, Being Flynn, based on that previous memoir It answers a lot of questions form the previous book, and unlike most memoirs, goes balls out when it comes to being meta I mean, it s a book about a movie about a book A good, fast read on the constraints of memory and the human attempt to preserve moments in history.

  28. I really enjoyed Nick Flynn s writing style, but I ultimately found that the book was unrelatable, as it concerned the author s experience in watching his life story made into a film I have seen this movie, Being Flynn , and loved it so, so, so much, so it made the book at times interesting, but I ended up thinking that I should have just read Another Bullshit Night in Suck City the book the movie is based on instead.

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