Editor | Peter Bowen
Nick Flynn's Life Journey in HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Posted March 16, 2012
[Above photo: Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle] In the Houston Chronicle, Louis B. Parks' article "BEING FLYNN offered lesson in self-discovery" profiles writer Nick Flynn, who is both the author of the memoir from BEING FLYNN is adapted and its subject. Flynn, who teaches creative writing of the University of Houston, talks candidly about the process of having his memoir turned into a film, and the reaction of his alcoholic, self-delusional dad to hearing Robert De Niro was set to play him in Paul Weitz' adaptation. Flynn recounts that his father Jonathan "managed to be 'on' for the interview, telling long stories about himself for, like, an hour before he even noticed De Niro's in the room. He was completely underwhelmed that Robert De Niro was going to play him." Nick goes on to talk about the long process of writing the book and coming to terms with his dad, a saga lyrically captured in BEING FLYNN. For Flynn, how took more than ten years after his father appeared in a homeless shelter to get the story down on paper, explains: "Certain stories we carry with us, events in our life, they define who we are. It's not a matter of getting over anything; we have to make the best of it."