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Nick Flynn

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In a passage in The Reenactments, Nick Flynn recounts introducing Robert De Niro to his father. De Niro played Nick’s father Jonathan in a recent movie based on Nick’s 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Jonathan doesn’t seem all that impressed by his movie double. He goes off into some of his own tales, then later asks De Niro, “So you do a little acting?” The first time Nick tries to show his father the finished movie, Jonathan falls asleep.

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BookStalked: Jessica Strand of Strand Bookstore

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Decades ago, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, a street in New York named after the London publishing hub. Today, it’s the last man standing. Jessica Strand (no relation, though she is the daughter of poet Mark Strand) has run the store’s event programming for the past year. Formerly an LA writer who published multiple books on entertaining, Jessica has strengthened the Strand’s reputation as a literary destination, hosting 3-4 events per week. I got the chance to chat with Jessica about her experiences, which include her trick for keeping Martin Amis happy, a James Franco reading debacle, and the best upcoming events this winter.

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