A Common Pornography: A Memoir by Kevin Sampsell

By Kevin Sampsell

“For attractiveness, honesty, sheer weirdness, and a haunting evocation of position, Kevin Sampsell is my favourite Oregon author. Ken Kesey, Chuck Palahniuk—make a few room at the shelf.”—Sean Wilsey, writer of Oh the honour of it All

Kevin Sampsell’s A universal Pornography is a memoir, informed in vignettes, that captures the heritage of 1 dysfunctional American kinfolk. An extension of a 2003 “memory experiment” of an analogous identify, A universal Pornography weaves memories of small-town formative years with darker threads from his family’s tale, together with incest, insanity, betrayal, and loss of life. a customary contributor to Dave Egger’s The Believer and McSweeney’s, Sampsell has written “the form of publication the place you need to thank the writer for assisting you are feeling much less on my own with being alive” (Jonathan Ames, writer of Wake Up, Sir! and The Double lifestyles is two times as Good).

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Mind you, it's been so long, they probably don't call it Chinese red any more. I'd come back with a takeaway it's TV-ready, but then I got on the train to Hull, and thought, clear as daylight — that's my plot, I need it, I'm having it. Made the calls. Done. Poor Joe ousted (we'll find him something else), but I've got a story. Smash and grab. Never done that before. Mind you, it's not a brilliant plot — it's more of a standard mid-series plot and now I have to make it brilliant, with precious little time.

For me, anyway. You need to be a titanic genius of Jimmy McGovern-level to start with your theme. It might not even be true of him, actually, because look how quickly he boils down the Great Themes to ordinary people making ordinary mistakes in kitchens and pubs. There's a great big streak of entertainer in me, but the truth is, if you're writing well, if the end result is brilliant or beautiful, then you are saying something about the world. You can't not be. Fawlty Towers'? Comedy genius! But I could write a thousand-page thesis on what it has to say about frustrated middle-aged men, about England, about the 1970s, about dead marriages.

11 simultaneously made me feel very happy. There's a lot of misery and worry in these e-mails, but last night felt excellent. I went to bed full of FROM: RUSSELL T DAVIES TO: BENJAMIN COOK MONDAY 5 MARCH 2007 01:23:12 GMT adrenalin, letting all these ideas buzz. 6 isn't a blank slate, you dope! It's actually tagged as the Martha Trapped In Space episode. 5 ends with the TARDIS spinning off with her on board. ' And I forgot. Damn. How could I forget? I've promised that to Freema Agyeman. Ah well.

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