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Nick Flynn


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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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: For this month’s Upstairs at the Square, Dana Spiotta will read from her newest novel, Stone Arabia, and Yo La Tengo (!) will play some jams. [BARNES AND NOBLE, UNION SQUARE]

TUESDAY: YA panel featuring Matt de la Pena (I Will Save You), Deborah Heiligman (Intentions), and Theo Lawrence (Mystic City), moderated by One Teen Story editor Pei-Ling Lue. ALSO: Check out my girl Leah Konen’s recent piece on YA and feminism. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

WEDNESDAY: Andre Acimen (Alibies: Essays on Elsewhere) and Teju Cole (Open City) will talk about their books’ shared focus on “Pondering and Wandering.”

THURSDAY: Nick Flynn will chat about his newest, The Reenactments, a memoir based on the bizarre experience of seeing another of his memoirs, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, get turned into a movie. [STRAND BOOKSTORE]

FRIDAY: Heyo. Start the weekend off sexy with Titillating Tongue: NYC Erotica in Poetry and Prose.  [LE POISSON ROUGE]