The reenactments

by Flynn, Nick, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3556.L894 Z467 2013
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Northland Public Library Biography B FLYNN
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 FLYNN
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A literary tour de force about the making of a film and representation from a master of the memoir form.

For Nick Flynn, that game we all play--the who-would-play-you-in-the-movie-of-your-life game--has been resolved. The Reenactments chronicles the surreal experience of being on set during the making of the film Being Flynn , from his best-selling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City , and watching the central events of his life reenacted: his father's long run of homelessness and his mother's suicide. Flynn tells the story of Robert De Niro's first meeting with his real father in Boston and of watching Julianne Moore attempt to throw herself into the sea. The result is a mesmerizingly sharp-edged and kaleidoscopic literary tour de force as well as a compelling argument about consciousness, representation, and grief.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Because Flynn was a poet before he was a memoirist, when he entitles his eighth book The Reenactments, you can count on his looking deeply into the very idea of re-creation. His primary focus is the making of a movie, Being Flynn (2012), which reenacts the family catastrophes in Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), his indelible chronicle of reconnecting with his long-estranged father, Jonathan, when he, an alcoholic con artist claiming to be a great writer, came into the Boston homeless shelter in which Nick, devastated by his mother's recent suicide, was working. As he reflects on the painful, surreal, and transcendent experience of working with director Paul Weitz; Robert DeNiro, who plays his father; and Julianne Moore, who portrays his mother, Flynn also contemplates the reenactments manifest in memories and the movies in our mind and the strange obsession behind the crafting of an exquisite, scientifically accurate collection of glass flowers housed at Harvard University. Flynn resumes his father's story and tells that of his own marriage to actor Lili Taylor, who appears in the film, and their precocious young daughter. In dramatically condensed, metaphor-rich chapters that can stand as prose poems, Flynn illuminates how art is made and catharsis sought, affirming that for him, being Flynn is to embrace life in all its tragedies and radiance.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Flynn, Nick, -- 1960-
Flynn, Nick, -- 1960- -- Another bullshit night in Suck City.
Poets, American -- Biography.
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Biography.
American literature -- Adaptations.
Publisher New York :W. W. Norton & Co.,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 320 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-317).
ISBN 9780393344356 (pbk.)
0393344355 (pbk.)
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