Kevin Sampsell

As Keith Richards once remarked about the number of notes on his guitar, “There’s only so many…but really, what’s there is all you’ll ever need.”

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“.

Kevin Sampsell, on this week’s episode of Outlook Portland, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Melrose, and Rick Emerson.

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.

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