Another bullshit night in suck city

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  1. 1. ANOTHERBULLSHIT NIGHTIN SUCK CITYBY: NICK FLYNN
  2. 2. ABOUT NICK FLYNN Born January 26, 1960 (54) Was raised by his mother Recently married his wife Lili Taylor (2009) American author and playwright
  3. 3. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City is a memoir of the life of Nick Flynn and hisfather. Jonathan is the father who disappears in and out of Nicks life for about 20 years. Because he was a conman and alcoholic this lead Jonathan to live in homelessshelters and not have a stable home.
  4. 4. NICKS MOTHERNicks mother left his father when he was 6 months old.Nick had a young mother, when she left his father shewas 20 years old.She was trying to raise nick and his two younger brothers.Though her many boyfriends and one other marriage thatdid not last they ended up in Scituate, Massachusetts.Because of her issues eventually killing herself nick endedup in Boston.
  5. 5. SCITUATE, MASSACHUSETTS The second most alcohol consuming town in the US.
  6. 6. Nick became introduced to alcohol at the age at 12,he started drinking beer At the age of 17 he started drinking to get drunk. During all this nicks mother was involvedand most of the time drinking and/or doing drugs with him.
  7. 7. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TOADDICTION, THE CONCEPT OF NATURE ANDNURTURE IS HARD TO UNTANGLE. THERESCOMPELLING EVIDENCE ON BOTH SIDES, ANDSOMETIMES, A PERSON MIGHT HAVE A RISKFROM BOTH GENETIC FACTORS ANDENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.- UNKNOWN AUTHOR-
  8. 8. Later on in life nick and his father both ended up in Boston. Nick is 27 years old and is working as a caseworker within the Pine StreetHomeless Shelter. He runs into his father who had recently been evicted from his governmenthouse. Throughout the end of the book over a 15 year span, nick and his fatherreconnect and discover all the letters that his mom had wrote over the yearsabout his father.
  9. 9. To find out what happened after nick and his father reconnects hewrote other books to explain their new relationship. The mostfamous book telling about their relationship is called, Being Flynn.
  10. 10. ABSTRACTAlcoholism Nature vs. NurtureNick Flynn's intensely personal memoir of his relationship with his father, Jonathan, an alcoholic con manwho physically disappears from Nick's life for the better part of twenty years, but never leaves his son's mindcompletely. Constantly resurfacing in letters and stories, Nick is never lost of his father's reputation as acriminal, deadbeat father, and town drunk who has burned nearly every bridge he has crossed.Unlike his father, though, Nick is able to pull his life together. After years of transience, he settles inBoston, taking a job at the Pine Street Inn, one of the nation's most active homeless shelters. Nick's details ofthe nightly activities at Pine Street at times overpower the main narrative of the story as he describes nightafter night of men as lost as his father drifting in and out of the Inn. Nick gets to know several of the men byname, knows their stories, how they ended up there, and makes a type of personal connections with themthat he will never be able to make with his father. One could speculate that Nick is using these men to helphis father by proxy, and that may be right, but whatever the case may be, Nick's job certainly keeps his fatherin his mind, waiting for the day when Jonathan will show up at Pine Street looking for a bed.When Jonathan reappears in Nick's life, it causes him to have an intense personal crisis. Nick cannotallow himself to treat his father different than any of the other men who show up nightly at Pine Street. AsNick writes, "If asked directly, I'll say he's just another drunk, that's what I've always heard, a drunk and a conman, he has nothing to do with me." Nick's disassociation is a defense, but a necessary one as he fears thatletting his father back into his life will ruin all of the things that he has achieved for himself: "If I went to thedrowning man the drowning man would pull me under. I couldn't be his life raft."
  11. 11. REFERENCES:"Alcoholism Nature vs. Nurture | Dual Diagnosis." DualDiagnosis. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014."Being Flynn." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014http://www.simplypsychology.org/naturevsnurture.html