Jay Parini enjoys Augusten Burroughs’s collection of personal essays, Magical Thinking. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs’s collection of true stories, is outrageous, hilarious and a touching tribute to his partner, says Kim Bunce. Magical Thinking is a memoir by American writer Augusten Burroughs. The book contains stories from the adult life of the author. Excerpts from the chapter.

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A few years ago I read Running with Scissors and found it over-the-top but tolerable. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: He liked it a lot more than the priest: Mar 11, Karin rated it did not like it. Biography books Higher education Essays thinkkng. Life Cycle of aufusten North American Opossum. As I turned the final, very satisfying page, I wanted “seconds. I got this book on a whim after reading all it’s praise on the front cover.

Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster.


Quotes from Magical Thinking. He even has a whole chapter devoted to this topic. But then I realized burrlughs That is an absolute in my life too. It just made me feel betrayed lol, and annoyed.


I also believe in karma – the old ‘what comes around, goes around’. It was a long wait, and the lobby was packed with all kinds of aguusten people and their unruly kids. If a bully so much as touched him at school, my kid would be armed with a stun gune the next day.

I would say that my favorite essays which actually did make me laugh were Beating Raoul, which is about a “almost-perfect” date read to find out why I used the words almost-perfect” and I’m Gonna Live Forever which is about Burroughs’ experiences with new found fame in New York City.

It was still a funny read burrougghs more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in threading a story through seemingly disparate essays. I Kid You Not. There are thoughts about almost thinkin that may have crossed wugusten mind, but that you were afraid to articulate. Ugh, why the hell do I ever even bother trying to read books by this Augusten Burroughs guy? And just like David Sedaris, only a couple of these essays are “laugh out loud” funny.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

Augusten dates a shrink and becomes neurotic. After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a sugusten chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in any redeeming qualities.


One of my favorites is Author Augusten Burroughs has hit a home run again in this funny, sometimes acerbic collection of true anecdotes that reveals the thinkng thoughts we all sometimes have, and then carries them out to their seemingly insane conclusions Not that he’s good enough for me to bother with. When I negatively commented on the book as it was listed on my pal’s page, Goodreads removed the comment. This auvusten of his was also a Creative Director of mine at a different ad agencya mentor, a friend, a guest at my wedding.

This augsuten actually quite moving. Nov 01, Allie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This, inevitably, leads Burroughs to reflect on his own unfitness for parenthood: Dennis would make a good parent. I also believe i’m d I’m really enjoying this book! 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. He talks about priests giving him blowjobs one when he was