A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell

Here's a book I really liked. It's different from other books I read because it's a memoir. I don't read a lot of memoir. I read James Frey's one. I read one by Franky Schaeffer about being Francis Shaeffer's son. A Common P is the only one I really liked. Well, I also read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Is that memoir? Anyway, I wasn't crazy about it.

When I read it I thought that Sampsell's book has a similar feel to the other memoir's I read, as in, the sentences don't seem meticulously crafted. There is a breezy quality to them. A breeze blew through the book and upset any of le words juste that had been there, and the remainder is a lot of functional sentences. That's what I thought about the sentences when I read them.

When I heard Sampsell read them, though, I changed my opinion. They seem to be very well crafted to storytelling, because when I heard them read aloud, I thought, this isn't like a boring reading, this is like listenting to an interesting storyteller.

And the book is crafted in the best possible way to become a page-turner-of-a-memoir. It's not just that the chapters (or sections) are exceedingly short. It is also that they are arranged in a give-and-take way, as in: here's a story from my life that is common to everyone; now here's something messed up that is local to my family.

If you want to read something interesting and worthwhile (worthwhile to humans, I mean), read this book. It's for sale for cheap, too. Only $9.95 at Powell's and I think it's $1 cheaper than that at Amazon.