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, instructed in vignettes, that captures the heritage of 1 dysfunctional American family members. An extension of a 2003 “memory experiment” of a similar identify, A universal Pornography weaves reminiscences of small-town adolescence with darker threads from his family’s tale, together with incest, insanity, betrayal, and loss of life. a typical contributor to Dave Egger’s The Believer and McSweeney’s, Sampsell has written “the form of booklet the place you must thank the writer for aiding you're feeling much less on my own with being alive” (Jonathan Ames, writer of Wake Up, Sir! and The Double existence is two times as Good).
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Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-86547-681-3 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Pain—Popular works. I. Title. [DNLM: 1. Pain—etiology—Personal Narratives. 2. Chronic Disease—psychology—Personal Narratives. 3. Chronic Disease—therapy—Personal Narratives. 4. Pain—psychology—Personal Narratives. 5. Pain—therapy—Personal Narratives. com 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Some names, certain locations, and identifying details of people have been changed to protect their privacy. For my parents Dolor dictat CONTENTS Introduction: The Telegram I.
Take this cup from us, we say, while knowing no reprieve is permanent. This is a book about the nature of that poison—its peculiar taste, its mysterious effects—and its antidotes. I THE VALE OF PAIN, THE VEIL OF PAIN: Pain as Metaphor DOLOR DICTAT Mortals have not yet come into ownership of their own nature. Death withdraws into the enigmatic. The mystery of pain remains veiled,” the German philosopher Martin Heidegger writes. Does metaphor unveil pain to reveal its true nature, or is metaphor the veil that surrounds pain—and makes it so hard for us to see pain as it is?
Those two facts nestled against each other, and (in the terms with which we will one day describe everything) with the miraculous neuroplasticity of the brain, began to develop neural connections. The sex mixed with the pain: the weight of his hands, pressing, imprinting, hurting my body, irrevocable as love. It wasn’t love, though, that turned out to be irrevocable. I never didn’t have pain again. Of course, I know now that the pain was related not to Kurt, but to swimming! Although I had occasionally splashed around hotel pools, the only times I swam long distances were with Kurt.
A Common Pornography: A Memoir by Kevin Sampsell