The Reenactments by Nick Flynn
A Memoir

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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.
 

About Nick Flynn

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Nick Flynn is the author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and The Ticking Is the Bomb. He divides his time between Houston and Brooklyn.
 
Published January 7, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Describing a table reading of the film script, Flynn writes, “De Niro opens his mouth and my father comes out, then Dano opens his mouth and I come out, then Julianne opens her mouth.” Several times, Flynn uses a quote from another writer—Joan Didion, Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone Weil and others—a...

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The book is called The Reenactments—on one level it is about my experience of a seven-year run which ended with being on the set while another book I wrote (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) was made into a film (Being Flynn).

Feb 04 2013 | Read Full Review of The Reenactments: A Memoir

Dallas News

“Why is it important for Julianne to know what my mother’s hair was like, for De Niro to know what jacket my father would wear?” Lunching with Dano, he catches himself aping his screen impersonator, ordering a meatloaf sandwich after the actor does, then wondering, “Shouldn’t he order what I orde...

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Flynn worked closely with director Paul Weitz on what would eventually become Being Flynn, starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.

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Boston.com

“The film will suggest that I figured out how to write a book and become a father in a couple years — in reality it will take ten years for the book to come out, and ten more years for [daughter] Maeve to appear.” With such introspection running through it, this book could have become herme...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Norton & Company Product Description 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-you...

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Time Out New York

Flynn's book about making a movie based on Flynn's own memoir is a poetic and engaging—if not essential—piece of metafiction By Josh Davis Wed Jan 9 2013 Who would play you i...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Years ago when Flynn was getting high, when he couldn’t have written anything, really, he says he began taking photographs every day, imagining that someday he would look through them and that maybe they would help him make sense: “They were like the pushups one does in prison — meant not so much...

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