The Reenactments A Memoir

Author: Nick Flynn
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393344646
Release Date: 2013-01-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A literary tour de force about the making of a film and representation from a master of the memoir form. For Nick Flynn, that game we all play—the who-would-play-you-in-the-movie-of-your-life game—has been resolved. The Reenactments chronicles the surreal experience of being on set during the making of the film Being Flynn, from his best-selling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and watching the central events of his life reenacted: his father's long run of homelessness and his mother's suicide. Flynn tells the story of Robert De Niro's first meeting with his real father in Boston and of watching Julianne Moore attempt to throw herself into the sea. The result is a mesmerizingly sharp-edged and kaleidoscopic literary tour de force as well as a compelling argument about consciousness, representation, and grief.

A Field Guide for Immersion Writing

Author: Robin Hemley
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820343730
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre. Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. Thompson, Ted Conover, A. J. Jacobs, Nellie Bly, Julio Cortazar, and James Agee, Hemley examines these three major types of immersion writing and further identifies the subcategories of the quest, the experiment, the investigation, the infiltration, and the reenactment. Included in the book are helpful exercises, models for immersion writing, and a chapter on one of the most fraught subjects for nonfiction writers—the ethics and legalities of writing about other people. A Field Guide for Immersion Writing recalibrates and redefines the way writers approach their relationship to their subjects. Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, the book provides an enlightening, provocative, and often amusing look at the ways in which nonfiction writers engage with the world around them. A Friends Fund Publication.

Memoir of a Nobody

Author: Steve Bluestein
Publisher: BearManor Media
ISBN:
Release Date: 2018-04-03
Genre: Performing Arts

Steve Bluestein is articulate, and funny, and incredibly insightful. You will laugh as you completely identify reading this book. – Henry Winkler, Actor best know as Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days Steve Bluestein has always been able to make me laugh out loud, and now his book… Memoir of a Nobody has that same magical power. It makes me laugh. – Cindy Williams, Actress best known for her role in Laverne & Shirley and author of Shirley, I Jest! Steve Bluestein’s Memoir of a Nobody is one of the most entertaining books you will ever read. While you are laughing non-stop you will marvel at how he is able to turn every bad day into one of the funniest stories you’ve ever heard. It’s a true gift that comes right out of his amazing humor and perfectly skewed view of the world. You will laugh and cry, and when you are done you will feel like you have a new best friend. – Elayne Boosler, stand up comedian, activist, TV personality

Paintbrush Diplomacy A Memoir

Author: Char Pribuss
Publisher: askmar publishing
ISBN: 9781935842200
Release Date: 2011-06-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

One of the pioneers of the movement to recognize and celebrate international children's art was Paintbrush Diplomacy, founded in the early 1970s by Char and Rudy Pribuss.It began by accident. On their trips abroad, Char, a professional artist, would sketch or paint. Children would flock around her to watch. Despite the language barrier, they would communicate.Subsequently, for over 20 years, on a shoestring budget, they visited 61 countries, carrying with them a portfolio of children's paintings that they would exchange with young artists of the countries they visited; leading to formal, annual exchanges of art between countries.Paintbrush Diplomacy: A Memoir contains 230 color children's art paintings, whose ages ranged from 4 to 17 represent 50 different countries. It is both a enchanting and memorable tale of foreign travel and conquering the language barrier through the medium of artArt is an international language. Regardless of where a work was created, the growth and development of a young childtheir basic line structure, shape and form is similar across cultures. This book provides vivid, beautiful examples of the differences in subject matter that reflect where the children live, their culture and what they value most.Children's art is special because it communicates with all ages, not just children. Art exchanges help break down barriers between people and countries.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City A Memoir

Author: Nick Flynn
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393081947
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A stunningly beautiful new memoir . . . a near-perfect work of literature." —Stephen Elliot, San Francisco Chronicle 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.

Bastards Bitches and Heroes

Author: Herman I Neuman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781469780849
Release Date: 2001-03-06
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

This book describes the horrors of our family which started during World War II in Germany, and continued for years thereafter because our father abandoned us. After twenty court processes, involving two dozen lawyers and judges, our family lost everything. My little brother, Siggi, and I suffered severe illnesses, starvation and homelessness. When we were about five and seven, our mother forced us to scavenge pig's innards from a manure pile. With the ever-present wire whip that she usually kept pinned to her skirt, she enticed us to eat them. A judge evicted us from our home. On Christmas Eve Day. For one year we squatted in a stranger's attic without water, sewer, heat, power or hope. When we were fourteen and sixteen, our relatives invited us to America. We now thought that our lives would improve: Cowboys and Indians! But when we later arrived on their dairy farms, they enslaved us. I was not allowed to bathe but once a year. At the age of twenty-one, I still lived without water, heat, power, or outhouse. After we finally escaped, Siggi and I worked our way through college, became American citizens and world travelers.

The Ticking Is the Bomb A Memoir

Author: Nick Flynn
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393077032
Release Date: 2011-01-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A beautiful, intelligent book that renders pain both ordinary and extraordinary into art."—Susanna Sonnenberg, San Francisco Chronicle In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn’s daughter’s birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession—a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery—of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.

We Jews and Blacks

Author: Willis Barnstone
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 025311022X
Release Date: 2004-06-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A central theme of this memoir by poet and translator Willis Barnstone is that of labels -- names, ethnicities, all distinctions that cause suspicion, anger, and destruction. A fresh and significant contribution to American letters, We Jews and Blacks wrestles with problems of identity, difference, and the human condition. It is a dramatic, whimsical, and literary work that also contains a number of Barnstone's poems, which offer a second view of an event, a crystallization of his thinking, both sorrowful and joyful. The book includes a dialogue with Yusef Komunyakaa and a small selection of his poems.

Afterglow

Author: Eileen Myles
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781611859430
Release Date: 2018-02-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their linked quality of life. And starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow launches a playful and incisive investigation into the mostly mutually beneficial, sometimes reprehensible power dynamics between pet and pet-owner. At the same time, it reimagines Myles's experiences with alcoholism and recovery, intimacy and mourning, celebrity and politics, spirituality and family history, while joyously transcending the parameters of memoir. Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from shimmering poetic transcriptions of video footage taken during their walks, to Rosie's final enlightened narration from the afterlife, this totally singular text combines elements of science fiction, screenplay, monologue, and lucid memory to get to the heart of how and why we dedicate our existence to our dogs.

Man of War

Author: Charlie Schroeder
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101585719
Release Date: 2012-05-24
Genre: History

Confederates in the Attic meets The Year of Living Biblically in a funny and original memoir In Arkansas, there is a full-scale Roman fort with catapults and ramparts. In Colorado, nearly a hundred men don Nazi uniforms to fight the battle of Stalingrad. On the St. Lawrence River, a group of dedicated history buffs row more slowly than they can walk—along with author Charlie Schroeder, who is sweating profusely and cursing the day he got a book deal. Taking readers on a figurative trip through time and a literal journey across America, Man of War details an ordinary guy's attempt to relearn history by experiencing it. Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment. From encounters with wildlife and frostbite to learning more than he ever expected about guns, ammo, and buttons, Schroeder takes readers to the front lines of bloodless battles in order to show exactly how much the past has to teach us all about our present (and explain why anyone would choose to wear wool in a heat wave).

The Wound

Author: Laurent Mauvignier
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803276536
Release Date: 2015-02
Genre: Fiction

“Where is your wound?” asks Jean Genet in the lines Laurent Mauvignier uses as an epigraph to The Wound. By the time we have finished this four-part novel, we realize that for many the wound lies four decades back in “the Events” that people have tried to not talk about ever since: the Algerian War. Chronicling the lives of two cousins—Bernard and Rabut—both in the present and at the time of the Algerian War of Independence in the 1960s, we get a full picture of the lasting effects this event had on the men who were involved. Through the fragments of their stories we see the whole history of the war: its atrocities, its horrors, and its hatreds. Mauvignier shows readers how the Algerian War, always present yet always repressed, has sickened the emotional and moral life of everyone it touched—and France itself, perhaps. The epigraph, like the novel, suggests that wounded men may even become the wound itself.