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Book With A Major Press with a major press 20 years of writing for various small presses it feels ood to have this out to hopefully a much wider world of readers The fact that it s about my life makes it even rewarding For people who like my fiction I think there are threads of similarity in this but I also think this book has a wider and accessible scope There s funny stuff sad stuff disturbing stuff and some kinda sexy stuff I think it s my my most layered and complex book I hope you ll read it and love it It means uite a lot to me I feel really really The Long Road Home guilty that I didn t like this book than I did I mean everything I know about Kevin Sampsell who is my friend on both GR and FB makes me think he s terrific really creative uite influential in the indie press scene very nice and funny and interesting And I knew aood deal about this book oing in so I was seriously planning to love it to be blown away by the captivating insanity of an incredibly fascinating fucked up life I was expecting a lot of blood and ore as it were Not actual blood or Beatrix Potter gore I mean I knew it was a story about a super fucked up childhood so I thought there would be intenselyraphic and emotionally devastating moments throughout And there were a few of those but they were very far between and this is a strange thing for me to complain about I know because
I don t even particularly like extremely intense despair or raphic abuse or anything like that at all But it just don t even particularly like extremely intense despair or raphic abuse or anything like that at all But it just like Kevin spent so much time meandering toward the bad things or like he ave the bad things eual weight in the body of the memoir as he did to things like this one kid s nickname in the fourth rade or a house on fire down the street or how much he liked football statistics or where in his room he kept his porn stash And clearly this is an intentional tactic and maybe is meant to be a comment on how much weight bad shit should carry in one s "memory of one s life and I really do respect Kevin a lot for putting everything out there like "of one s life and I really do respect Kevin a lot for putting everything out there like honestly I do But I m really sorry to have to say that I just couldn t make an emotional connection with nearly anything A few scenes stick out a bunch of his friends Dutch Painting In The Seventeenth Century getting drunk and failing terribly at a porn shoot his job at a taternuts potato dough donuts shop some weird experimental poetry performances but most of the rest of what I was expecting to be a terribly intense upsetting book has blurred in my memory only a couple of weeks later into just a random jumble of not particularly interesting anecdotes from a lived life A few weeks ago I was in the back seat of a car for 12 hours I arrived at my friends well prepared for the trip a bag loaded with all kinds of boredom distractors sudoku knitting novels short stories ipod etc But on the way out of my friends house I noticed this book on her shelf and started reading it while she finished packing I didn t touch the other stuff in my anti boredom bag after starting Kevin s book The book is interesting and sometimes funny and sometimes sad and freuently shocking He maintains the same even handed tone throughout the entire book There are some parts that had me so wide eyed and curious for reflection that I couldn t believe he just let it be and then I realized that to do anything otherwise would have been inconsistent with the rest of the stories But it wasn t just the shocking stuff that kept me turning the pages it was also the sweet or seemingly benign memories that I enjoyed Written in short bursts sometimes just a single paragraph made it feel like what memories really are bits and pieces of experiences at times and whole episodes of life changing events at others Meh A slapdash memoir ofrowing up dysfunctional in the Pacific Northwest from the publisher of Future Tense books Has a modest twist in that it is composed of brief snapshot chapters with intri. In 2008 Kevin Sampsell's estranged father died of an aneurysm When he returned home to Kennewick Washington for the funeral Kevin's mother revealed to him disturbing threads in their family history stories of incest madness betrayal and death In A Common Pornography he tells his family's unforgettable story from his mother's fi. ,
In a life is like that either Each little bit was a brick in the construct that was his life Some were better in hearing it aloud where the author could insert key pauses comedic timing loses some nuance in writingThere was nothing extraordinarily heroic or dastardly I most appreciated the ordinary parts or rather the normal screwed up family tales that sort
OF REMINDED ME OF MINE GRANTED HIS WAS A reminded me of mine Granted his was a screwy and unfortunately tragic for some of his siblingsThe next stage or phase of his life is starting I m sure to him it s of a smeared continuum taken day by day but to an observer that proposal felt like the real ending to this book which began with his family history and ended with his feelings about his father s passing I loved Sampsell s book As a writing teacher I m always looking for examples of an author choosing the right structureform to capture the subject matter And this is precisely what makes A Common Pornography work so well the symbiosis between the vignettes the accumulation of their power as the narrative oes on Suddenly all the short pieces you ve read compile themselves into a fully realized portrait like tiles forming a stunning mosaic Kevin is a righteous writereditorPowell s small press section curator dude I know from the early Aught s online literary world and Eyeshot We re both Sixers fans and at one point in his memoir he mentions Sedale Threatt the best named backup point uard during Charles Barkley s or anyone s era Started reading this right after the Canadians beat the US in hockey and finished a little after midnight I rarely read 216 pages in a single sitting but I found the short chapters consumable the language clear and affectationless and the pace at which he provided serious information about himself and his family intriguing The language acts the same no matter the content And despite the title most of the short chapters are almost sentimental in their nostalgia for the common moments of childhood and adolescence something I Art In Transit generally find sort of pukey But not here In part because without revving up the language or freaking things out at any time in the exact same very even nearly anonymous American voice aood thing he intersperses confessions re his family s dysfunction and his um lowest moments At times I was thinking why am I reading this Why confess all this But I think the effect for me was like a slideshow with each image eliciting associations from my own childhood studded with long Identity gone friends KISS concerts Sedale Threatt and a little later on shooting hoops for hours in the pitch dark in my case on a certain psychoactive Iuess I m saying I found it relatable a very steady mature accessible tone lets this connection happen Insightful without dropping bombs of hard won wisdom etc Other than when I said SEEEEEDALE THREEEEEEAT or when I emitted one big LOL I read silently patiently Superadmirably honest in content and form Definitely worth the trip down ye olde memory lane the author s and the reader s I m Whom The Gods Destroy going to Powells to do an event for my book Tosh in February and the author Kevin Sampsell is kind enough to interview me about my memoir Due that I will meet him I read and purchased his own childhoodteenage memoir A Common Pornography regarding his family life and I m totally knocked out by it Each person s history is an individual map ofrowing up and dealing with one s surroundings Kevin s book is difficult to put down and I found it fascinating in the way he describes his family structure which is very complicated Of course as I read his book I thought about my book And I feel that there are common Four Faces Of A Leader grounds such as family life but also the fact that both of us are publishers and also booksellers him at Powell s and me at Book Soup for areat deal of time I m really looking forward to meeting him And his book is fantastic Get it and read the boo. Ldhood in independently amusing chapters Employing the same form of memoir in A Common Pornography he intertwines the tragic with the everyday the dysfunctional with the fun lending the book its undeniable unsensationalized reality He captures the many shades and the whole of the Sampsell family both its tragedy and its resilienc.
Kevin Sampsell ¾ 8 DownloadGuing seeming one word titles laziness masuerading as structural innovation Also the uy seems like kind of an asshole composed of brief chronological accounts a common
pornography is kevin sampsell s unabashedly frank memoir recounting the formative incidents of his youth sampsellis kevin sampsell s unabashedly frank memoir recounting the formative incidents of his youth sampsell with reat courage about family drama sexual exploration and the inevitable uncertainties of adolescencewritten without pathos sentimentalism or apology kevin never resorts to the banal woe is me affectations that have come to mark so many autobiographical works of late funny tragic touching
and often unbelievable a common pornography is the true tale of oneoften unbelievable a common pornography is the true tale of one s precarious often arduous journey into adulthood Zoeys Broken Heart Making Out 26 go sixers I remember the moment like it was yesterday I was lying in bed in a pair of baggy wide legged olivereen sweatpants a stained white tank top and for some reason a bra A bra To bed I was just too lazy to remove it And then on page of Kevin Sampsell s memoir A Common Pornography I realized that I was in the midst of something really special The first contender for Top Three Worst Books of 2010 I felt a rush of adrenaline that my body probably mistook for an aerobic workout Until that point this collection of vignettes about How To Cure Backache Caused By Disc Problems growing up was just boring But in the section about the upstairs neighborirl entitled Jaynee Sampsell s father is especially attentive to the little irl Late at night young Sampsell lies in his bedroom below Jaynee s apartment and hears sounds from upstairs We wondered what was in her heart Sampsell wrote of the little irl Gag I see what Sampsell is doing here His large family is a collection of half siblings and his father is a pedophile first an asshole second So he takes a series of unspectacular memories that rarely have anything to do with his family and provides snapshot of his life yet packages it as something prompted by the death of his father who really plays a very minor role Like he wouldn t even be listed in the credits Some writers can do this write in the slow uiet voice Sampsell is aping In fact Nick Flynn just did it in The Ticking is the Bomb But Sampsell mistakes slow uiet voice for lifeless tedium about Joan Jett tapes playing with the neighbor boys and the collection of high school Radical Feminists Of Heterodoxy girls he dated into his 20s Frankly this is a series that should have been titled Kevin Sampsell 101 Different Ways to Get a Handy He steals what the Beastie Boys would call porno mags Heets a handy from one of his friends while his The Hermetic Garden Of Daniel Stolcius girlfriend hooks up with another dude He clips photos of an eclectic mix of ladies from said magazines and files them in a folder Heets another handy from a freeloader at a film booth in an adult bookstore There are The Stolen Heart girlfriends and DJigs and rock bands and open mics where he reads his poetry and sorta makes a name for himself as Mr Poetry Man But none of this has his fingerprints on it It is just eneric stories that everyone has but stripped so bear that they aren t stories to relate to I think Montambo was reading this so when I saw it for sale I flipped through liked boughtI just went to the author s reading at Powell s If the book doesn t have a voice written into it an attempt to capture an accent or regional slurring I hear the words with a soothing resonant deep tone Male and female characters all the same Sampsell s real voice was surprisingly to me soft
Lispy And Soothingly Nerdyand soothingly nerdy had a major eyestrain headache brewing and almost decided to just o home from work The author works at Powell s so he had a Hurricane good supportive crowd At the reading there was a proposal it was accepted everyone clapped I think it made my headache worse all those happy people and me just an observer I mlad I wentThe blurb already speaks of the format so I ll just say I like it Not every chapterstory was illuminating or touching or brilliant but not every episode. Rst tumultuous marriages and his father's physical pyschological and sexual abuse of his half sister to his own tales of first jobs first bands and first loves in the Pacific Northwest in the 70s and 80s One of Sampsell's previous books was written as a kind of memory experiment in which he recollected luminous details from his chi. .