Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

A Memoir

Book - 2004
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"Sometimes I'd see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my own slow-motion car wreck would speed up." Nick Flynn met his father for the third time when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled, was living alternately in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. In bold, dazzling prose, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives and the trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393051391
0393051390
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 22 cm

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May 10, 2016

As a narrative it works well. As a look at homelessness it was a bit meh, a bit too much from-the-outside-in. Not terrible. I might read his poetry. No idea whether to recommend this book, though.

debwalker Mar 08, 2011

March 7 2011- Announcement that Julianne Moore has been added to the cast of the film version of Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which stars Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby, Deadline.com reported. Paul Weitz is directing.

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Jan 22, 2010

Interesting, but I couldn't stand Nick Flynn writing from his dad's point of view.

Never ended up reading the whole thing.

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