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A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell
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Jan 20, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: sampselliana
Read from January 19 to 20, 2010

I bought this earlier today and read the entire thing tonight. The book largely recounts stories of Sampsell's sexual awakening, his failed coming-of-age romances, and his memories of an unlikable, distant father. It accurately captures how subtly rebellious children can be, and in turn how foolishly irrational adults can be. It does all this without glorifying the narrator (or even really demonizing the father), and comes across surprising honest. Just the facts. Much of it makes me nostalgic for that time before the information age when the world was much smaller, simpler, and yet more mysterious. (With that being said, I suggest its good to read this by the computer so you can supplement it by looking up the various football players, songs, obscure country music stars, and 80s references mentioned throughout the book.) Good art inspires people, and after reading this book I can't help but feel inspired to look at my own life and all the stories its full of, everything I could tell.
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