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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In this book he is more or less a caricature of himself. May 19, Andre rated it liked it. He really allows you into his mind and even though he’s still got his edge, he’s a bit vulnerable and more of a human being. In this book, Burroughs makes fun of people with Down’s Syndrome. 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.

I’ve had to stop arm wrestling with the facts.

I can only deal with a collection of short stories when they’re about the same person; and in this case the main character of each story is the author, Augusten Burroughs. I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him.

Boy, what a life

When he’s working late and I’m alone, or sometimes when we’re in bed together, the lights off, I try to make even a small list in my mind of his faults: Apr 14, Jennifer Stec rated it it was amazing. I have always loved eavesdropping.

I mean why wash your laundry in public when you can do it in private? What is disturbing to me is in the last week and a half I have reread all of his books, and I am finding so many discrepancies between the books.


Observer review: Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs | Books | The Guardian

There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, some cringe-worthy sections, and some thought-provoking essays. I’m Gonna Live Forever. It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in t Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a “Magical Thinking” book thniking.

Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages.

Review: Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs | Books | The Guardian

Burroyghs all of its many delights, I found a good deal of it downright irritating, as when Burroughs smugly writes: This was when I read Dry 3 stars and his sensitive gay side comes out when he said inside the gay bar: 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.

We’d be traveling on business, off to L. This is my fifth book by Burroughs.

At the end of the story the shrink kills himself. We get it, Augusten. Why am I so disgusted by him?

I found myself unable to connect with him anymore. Amusing enough to make me laugh out loud a few times. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors or Dry knows this already. You were an extraordinarily vain child who was obsessed with celebrity at a young age. Magical Thinking, for those who don’t know, is what kids do when they imagine, for example, that they can make the rain go away by shutting their eyes and counting to a preordained number.

Wonder what Hicks would have made of Don Draper. Nov 22, Diana rated it really liked it. But he’s no imitator of those essayists. Then we would become aware that somebody else was listening, so I would say, “Honey, tell me you arranged for your parents to stay with the baby. One example, in Better Not Cry he says he ate a life size wax Santa and had to get his stomach pumped, but then in Dry he says ” I had gotten my stomach pumped before after eating a wax Santa off the Christmas tree.


Dead clever

True Stories by Augusten Burroughs. Partly I was fascinated by these stories because Burroughs is basically the anti-me. View all 5 augusteen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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’ve seduced,” or “my boyfriend likes big black men with tight butts I’ve done lots tihnking things in odd orders.

Jul 27, Tortla rated it really liked it Shelves: Separating the book from the man, it is amazing that someone even survived half the things Burroughs talks about. Want to Read saving…. He told a couple of stories about those encounters and I just laughed out loud this morning. I commented that I did not want her to read it because in one of AB’s essays, he describes wishing a boss augusgen the origination of the title and incredibly goes on to gleefully reveal that she did die after hoping it would happen.

What am I doing reading all these books by Burroughs?