The following is a response to Nick Flynn’s The Ticking Is The Bomb a Memoir.
In his wonderfully written memoir, Flynn intricately weaves together his life with the iconic photographs of Abu Ghraib and what it means to be tortured. I got a sense that he has been tortured from his past where his mother committed suicide and his father was an alcoholic, hoarder, bank-robber, and, at one point, homeless.
The stance that Flynn takes on torture is that the purpose of the cruel act is not to gain information—the reason why torture is used by the CIA—but because of power; this is a message to everyone that there is no limit to that our country will do when it feels threatened. He also writes, “What they will say when they look back on this time is that torture continued from the death of Christ for over two thousand years—a strange, primitive reenactment.”
Just as a body of work, the memoir is very beautifully written. The way he talks about his daughter and how unsure he was of her before she was born was very inspirational. I believe that if a lot more parents were honest with themselves that they would say the same thing.