Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir Nick Flynn Met His Father When He Was Working As A Caseworker In A Homeless Shelter In Boston As A Teenager He D Received Letters From This Stranger Father, A Self Proclaimed Poet And Con Man Doing Time In Federal Prison For Bank Robbery Another Bullshit Night In Suck City Tells The Story Of The Trajectory That Led Nick And His Father Onto The Streets, Into That Shelter, And Finally To Each Other

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  • Paperback
  • 347 pages
  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir
  • Nick Flynn
  • English
  • 19 January 2019
  • 9780393329407

10 thoughts on “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir

  1. says:

    Posted at Shelf InflictedThe bold and colorful title and cover caught my eye at the library I wasn t sure I wanted to read another depressing memoir about homelessness, but since it took place in Boston, a city I m quite familiar with, I decided to give it a go There were some darkly humorous moments, as I d expected from the title Overall, this was a poignant, honest, and intense story about Nick Flynn s relationship with his absent, alcoholic, and delusional father I learned after I started reading the book that Nick Flynn is a poet This must explain his writing style, random scenes, and frequent jumping back and forth in time It took me nearly half the book to warm up to Flynn s style and start really caring about the characters There are lots of exquisite and evocative passages and inventive turns of phrase that I know will stay with me long after I return the book to the library, and I wish I could love this story than I did I wonder if it was the author s style that made me feel distanced from the characters and kept me from empathizing with their situation until much later in the story Still, this unusual memoir is definitely worth reading.

  2. says:

    another postmodern turd in craptown

  3. says:

    I don t actually think this book is bad at all, but I put it in this section because I couldn t get through it, despite really, really wanting to In my opinion, this book has the most brilliant title in recent memory, and the cover art is simply gorgeous I so badly wanted to like it, at least enough to get through it, so I could at least carry it around with me and enjoy its black, green, and yellow loveliness Sadly, I could not This probably has less to do with the book itself, which I m sure is fine, and with having worked in a homeless shelter and thus not being terribly interested in what goes on inside them, nor anything having to do with homeless men, be they drunk, mentally ill, or somebody s long lost father I also have this weird aversion to Boston, so maybe that played into it I kept coming up with all these weird opinions about the type of guy I imagined the author to be has sideburns loves Guinness, crappy bands , and deciding I didn t like him, then realizing these ideas were entirely based on my hateful stereotypes about guys from Boston, and had nothing at all to do with poor Nick Flynn, who I m sure is a fine fellow with excellent taste in music Anyway, all these problems sort of combined, and finally I realized that reading this book was causing me mental anguish than I was willing to put myself through, and I threw up my hands My unfulfilled yearning for the beautiful cover played a large role in my purchase around that time of _Black Swan Green_, which has some superficially similar elements it s black and green but is obviously vastly inferior I think you might recognize this kind of phenomenon from the world of dating.But what a great title If you don t already spend forty hours a week focused on homeless people and the various ways they ve ruined your life, maybe you should give this one a shot.

  4. says:

    I love this book It s a dark, beautifully written look at a guy working at Boston s Pine Street Inn whose dad happens to frequent the shelter For all the crappy memoirists out there, I m glad we have writers like Flynn who remind us that the genre doesn t necessarily have to be a haven for terrible writing that hides behind real life experience This guy could have practically coasted on his hard luck life story, but instead he knuckled down and produced a kick ass book.

  5. says:

    Now here goes a book that is creatively non fictionIf you want to read a book that breaks all the rules, while hearing the survival story of a boy who is abandoned by his mother and homeless father, read this book No chronology here in fact the writer abandons form as you may know it but the writing doesn t need it Hardcore and straight forward as if you can t tell from the title Not your average book, and this is what makes it a good contemporary read.

  6. says:

    Even a life raft is only supposed to get you from the sinking ship back to land, you were never intended to live in the life raft, to drift years on end, in sight of land but never close enough This was a reread via audio The memoir is as good, maybe better, than I remembered, but I wasn t a huge fan of Scott Brick s narration I much prefer the print version and the original title as ridiculous as it sounds It just fits better.

  7. says:

    Nick Flynn is a poet, and I don t really read poetry I don t have a criticism of poetry as a whole, obviously I mean, I might say I do, but if I did that would just be to be provocative and a pain in your ass it s just hard for me to pay attention in the way you have to pay attention, and to really understand what a poem is doing We could argue about it, but trust me, it s my problem and it s not resolving So it was really hard for me to get into this book Nick Flyyn is a poet, and he writes like a poet, choosing the perfect word for what he s saying in a way that doesn t mind tripping up your internal sentence or paragraph diagrammer In a way, in fact, that trips those fuckers up constantly Right A way that makes you think about the way he s saying the things he s saying, as well as the things But by the end I had gotten into it the Boston, the snow, the despair, the complicated relationship with the semi delusional father I mean, it s barely a memoir of Nick Flynn himself, right There s at least as much about his father as there is about him And it s beautiful and smart and heartbreaking, sure, like books are supposed to be I just had to butt heads with it the whole time I was reading it.

  8. says:

    I was reluctant to give this five stars it s not an easy experience But it s definitely amazing Don t confuse it with just another quirky family memoir it has emotionally raw and real things to say about alcoholism, mental illness, heredity, and the homeless Each person from the shelter is drawn so distinctively it makes you realize how reductive and dismissive the term the homeless really is.I make it sounds harsh and dark which it is but there is also a deadpan sense of humor running through it, eliciting the relieved, nervous laughter you get when you just catch yourself overbalancing on a rickety ladder Flynn takes a lot of stylistic chances to keep making the story immediate and arresting Not everything works for me, the Lear chapter doesn t quite cut it but so many other chapters Ham and Cloverleaf and Same Again are just stunning.

  9. says:

    Oh god this book is so incredibly good One of the endorsements on the back says something like, Finally someone whose life is worthy of a memoir happens to be talented enough to write a good one Yes, yes I wish I had come up with that line Just finished reading this book again After the disappointing mess of The Frog King, I had to read something I knew was phenomenal, to reaffirm my faith in literature And oh, thank you, Nick Flynn, I love you so This book is simply stunning, devastating, perfectly done.

  10. says:

    The credit for this book s colorful title goes to Nick Flynn s dad, the main protagonist in his memoir of coming to know himself through a chance reunion with his father The story initially focuses on the early parallels between young Flynn and his estranged, alcoholic father The author then brings us to a Boston homeless shelter where he held a minimum wage job for 5 years after living alone on a houseboat near Boston Harbor Father and son s lives fatefully intersect in the shelter when his dad becomes a regular, but highly volatile, unwelcome guest As a Boston native, I appreciated Flynn s wry surveying of the City during his nightly voyages in the homeless shelter van He was usually successful rounding up the deinstitutionalized and others made homeless by chance or by choice however, he was often unable to corral his own father, that is, when he didn t purposely avoid his usual haunts Flynn s dad burned all personal and professional bridges long before he wound up on the streets, and it seems all he has left is his ego, buttressed by grandiose notions about his skill as a writer He talks ad nauseam to the reader s amusement about his great semi autobiographical novel that has gone unrecognized this tome may or may not have ever been completed As proof someone was interested in this work, he frames personal notes form rejection letters he received from publishing houses Flynn is first a poet, and you see his skill as he deftly crafts lyrical passages about their shared mental illness and sometimes self destructive streak of eschewing convention and help when needed For good or bad, they are both self made men who have a talent for storytelling You get the sense that Nick s book serves to tell his own story, but also that of Flynn Sr., who never had the discipline or courage to get it down himself.

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