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A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell
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Mar 02, 10

really liked it
Read from February 26 to March 02, 2010

This memoir-in-vignettes in beautifully, succinctly written. I feel like the writing style mimics the way I actually experience and remember my own life. Most memoirs try hard to tell a coherent story, using moments from the past as plot devices to create some kind of linear narrative that may or may not accurately reflect what it was like to LIVE as the writer actually did. A COMMON PORNOGRAPHY avoids this by relating short snippets of the author's life unencumbered by constant, meaningless, after-the-fact analysis. A narrative does eventually emerge from the vignettes, but it's more tactile and ultimately more complicated than the usual memoir can be. More importantly, each vignette has something of value to offer all by itself.

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