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 honor of it All
Kevin Sampsell’s A universal Pornography is a memoir, informed in vignettes, that captures the background of 1 dysfunctional American kinfolk. An extension of a 2003 “memory experiment” of an identical identify, A universal Pornography weaves reminiscences of small-town formative years with darker threads from his family’s tale, together with incest, insanity, betrayal, and demise. a standard contributor to Dave Egger’s The Believer and McSweeney’s, Sampsell has written “the type of e-book the place you must thank the writer for assisting you are feeling much less by myself with being alive” (Jonathan Ames, writer of Wake Up, Sir! and The Double lifestyles is two times as Good).
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