So it is with the English language. 26 letters, ten numbers*, and a smattering of symbols and punctuation marks — these are, by and large, the only tools necessary to engage in what Stephen King once called “the only real form of telepathy”: writing.
On this week’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV), we’ll speak with a skilled practitioner of this art; a man whose impact on Portland’s literary landscape is pronounced and increasing: Mr. Kevin Sampsell.
His work has been seen via such outlets as McSweeney’s and Nerve; his memoir, A Common Pornography, was released earlier this year to significant acclaim. And, when he is not creating worlds of words, he works among them…at Powell’s Bookstore.
He’ll join us for a discussion of (among other things), Kurt Vonnegut, the motivation provided by a small-town childhood, and the concept of “Portland Noir“.
NEXT WEEK: Tiffini Mueller of Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital.
IN TWO WEEKS: John Rogers, Show Runner, Leverage.
*Don’t even get me started on the “Is zero a number?” thing. As it turns out, not only is zero a number, it’s an even number. Go figure. So to speak.