Nick Flynn is on my short-shortlist of favorite contemporary authors. He wrote Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Ticking is the Bomb, and several books of poetry. I interviewed him about the recent film adaptation of Another Bullshit Night: the beautiful Being Flynn, directed by Paul Weitz and starring Paul Dano and Robert DeNiro. Read the piece Dads, DeNiro, and Turning Memoir into Fiction.
One of my favorite classes in college was called Novel into Film (which I took while living in a 13th century castle a few hours outside Amsterdam, but that’s another story). We looked at adaptations and the differences in form and what could translate. If you read/have read ABSN and see/have seen BEING FLYNN, I’d love to hear what you think about this memoir-into-film.