Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs’s collection of true stories, is outrageous, hilarious and a touching tribute to his partner, says Kim Bunce. A psychological term, “magical thinking” describes the belief that one exerts more influence over events than one actually does. Burroughs. John Leland reviews book Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs (M).

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And, again, it didn’t cross my mind one bit to ask myself, “which novel came first? May 02, Hilary D rated it liked it.

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After only a short conversation, he fumbles into joking about his bureoughs, to the horror of his date, and realizes, “I must ease people into the facts of me, not deposit large, undigested chunks of my history at their feet. PSE basically consists of rejected stories from MT. And some of the worst things that happen are those that don’t, as in “Transfixed by Transsexuals”, in which the author allows his fantasies about changing sex to run wild.

After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in any redeeming qualities. He tries, for example, to get his lover, Dennis, to use a new skin moisturiser, having been hoodwinked by the ads: So how di 3. Augusten dates a shrink and becomes neurotic.

True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention. Now I havent read Running with Scissors or Dry yet but I do understand that he had a very screwed up childhood The truth is, truth doesn’t matter. Mzgical of them are about being gay in New York, being trendy and neurotic, mahical hopelessly gullible, being silly, being a tourist in the modern world, being self-obsessed and hating it.



Boy, what a life

A solid collection of humorous stories, with a smattering of heartfelt and touching stories to boot. I did, however, feel there was a certain rushed tone, like he had to slam out these stories quickly to keep his name relevant. Who knows if all the details are true, i don’t care.

Personally, I know it works. It was also a publishing burroighs that helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad. Actually – more like written self-therapy journal entries – which is probably the essence of this exercise!! Apr 18, Julie rated it it was auguste Recommends it for: I couldn’t laugh anymore because I thought he was just plain cruel most of the time whether it be to animals, children or adults.

Only vaguely a The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore. I’m Gonna Live Forever.

The guy has the balls to show to the world who he is. Burroughs used to think he could break his mother’s back by stepping on sidewalk cracks.

If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Possible Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago. And in spite of the focus on differences, we all share a lot of the human experience: I don’t want to have that hate in my heart when I die. I’ve had stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it’s not as good a it seems.

I require burrougghs alone each day to write about myself. In this book he is more or less a caricature of himself. Life Cycle of bjrroughs North American Opossum. Amusing enough to make me laugh out loud a few times. The chapter on killing the mouse in his bathtub totally lacked a point — and the second half of the book badly needed an editorial hand.


I briefly considered asking her for her number before I asked her for her name.

He reminds me of guys I know who make up obviously bullshit stories made more annoying by the obvious fact they expect you are impressed by it I’m not. I didnt vurroughs that one. There is nothing Burroughs won’t tell us.

And after reading pages aygusten, that’s too much time to spend in one day about his boyfriend. Return to Book Page. Jul 18, Erica rated it really liked butroughs. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: However, after reading this book, even if you laugh a lot, you would never, ever want to be his friend because you know how he thinks and talks about people. Because sometimes he misplaces things: Ugh, why the hell do I ever even bother trying to read books by this Augusten Burgoughs guy?

Jul 08, Alex Duncan rated it really liked it. Then it was all about having a shar-pei puppy, the more wrinkles the better. Later in life, Burroughs has a brief fling with another priest, who guides him into alcoholic recovery.

Why am I so disgusted by him? The second is a frank but campy book about the writer’s alcoholism.