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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday, March 3 - Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s first memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City is a favorite of mine, has won awards and been translated into thirteen languages, and further established his reputation, built on work now including two volumes of poetry, a play and essays. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, on NPR’s This American Life and in the New York Times Book Review. In his new memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, Flynn’s poetic construction of a kind of journal of pain, of torture, and of a dark childhood, of his own failures and betrayals, finds focus in the reality and metaphor of torture, especially the torture of prisoners as revealed in the Abu Ghraib photographs, those defining elements of the so-called War on Terror. The Ticking is the Bomb is a startlingly honest, lyrical, polemical journey of self-discovery, a deeply affecting book.

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