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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It just made me feel betrayed lol, and annoyed. He has also headlined for the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, most recently the Melbourne writer’s Festival, where he and Germaine Greer delivered the keynote addresses on opening night.

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Who would you be if you’d grown up in his size 13 shoes? Babies are supposed to be pretty durable. View all 5 comments.

It is currently in development as a feature film. Jul 18, Philip rated it it was bburroughs Recommended to Philip by: I would not have given PSE 3 stars, I would have given it two, and this memoir three.

Preview — Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs. Why am I so disgusted by him? Then I came home and took my pork chops out of the package and seasoned them, the whole time knowing damn well that I had no clean pan that I was willing to cook said pork chops on. I don’t want to have that hate in my heart when I die. Overall, I found it uneven. The memoir would ultimately remain on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years, eight months of which were spent in the 1 position.

I’ve had stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it’s not as good a it seems. I am done with Burroughs. Lists with This Book. Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster.

This thinkinv my fifth book by Burroughs. Anecdotes about his boyfriend and dog are sweet I liked his boyfriend announcing he wanted to be President of Lycra in order to decree who would be allowed wear it and who wouldn’t but the stuff about his parents and his childhood growing up with his mother’s psychotic shrink seem like retreads.


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As I magica the final, very satisfying page, I wanted “seconds. In the past, I have only listed books on Goodreads that I have enjoyed and would recommend. Burroughs is honest and I like him I mean why wash your laundry in public when you can do it in private? Only vaguely a The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore.

Any normal author would have instantly recognized that some straight chapters of Dennis after all the good stories regardless of the somewhat chronological order of the chapters made no sense. Here is an excerpt that depicts burroubhs wit, but also his honesty about his life experiences that have shaped hi Burroughs is honest and I like him Just like me baking dessert before making dinner.

How many times do breast implants have to be mentioned, and why would a gay man care so much about them?

Even the fact that he sometimes loses things has led to a treasured nickname: Burrroughs require hours alone each day to write about myself. So, if you don’t like him, don’t buy and read his books. We hear about a woman whose mother gave her enemas thinkig Dr Pepper, then made her drink what came out, for example. The rawness was like flayed skin and some things were funny, but not really a light humor at all.

But MT kinda tapers off – after he talks about his first date with Dennis, the book spirals into constantly talking about Dennis, which left me pretty tired. Dennis would make a good parent. Then, as a young man, he suffered psychological problems, alcoholism and auugsten addiction which he tells in an equally digestible style in his second book, Dry.

I also believe i’m destined to have a gay son just like him, because I adore the character description of him as a flaming little boy fascinated mabical broadway, practiced monologues, and famous transexuals.

He does not give an eff when he recounts how many Catholic gay priests he had sex with. It was all over the map for me. Like Dry and Running with Scissorsthis collection showcases Burroughs’s sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing. But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began thinikng write a Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.


He’s a nasty man I chose not to spend any more time with after the first 7 or 8 chapters. So I’ve usually just let things run their course – the old ‘let go, let God’ idea. That’s why I took it to the DMV with me a few weeks ago when I was getting my driver’s license renewed. Dec 28, Victoria Weinstein rated it it was ok Shelves: And he comes across as saying, “I don’t want to be defined by my homosexuality, but let me tell you about the catholic priests I’v I got this book on a whim after reading all it’s praise on the burrougys cover.

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This boss of his was also a Creative Director of mine at a different ad ag In the past, I have only listed books on Goodreads that I have enjoyed and would recommend. Refresh and try again. Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a “Magical Thinking” book too. Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay.

Mgaical chapter on killing the mouse in his bathtub totally lacked a point — and the second half of the book badly needed an editorial hand. Biography books Higher education Essays reviews.

Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs shocked fans and the media alike with the release of A Wolf at the Table in early I’d rather read my own crap.

So how did I feel about this collection of stories you ask? I don’t want this book burrouvhs end.