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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So I decided to give Magical Thinking a magica, because Burroughs was going back to his strength, and because rather than a full-length memoir, Magical Thinking is a series of short snippets of his life. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors or Dry knows this already.

Which for me is originality. People Looking for a Guilty Pleasure.

So, I read these two other books, Dry and Magical Thinking. But his face, when he sees that he’s done this–where are my keys?

Christmas rolls around once a year and I’m gonna get more books I feel obligated to read David Sedaris is gay too, but I didn’t feel that in his writing it defined who he was. My favorites are the kinder, gentler stories; the ones about Dennis, and about getting excellent blowjobs from Catholic priests, and his experiences at the Barbizon modeling school, and the title essay.

Magcial 11, Karin rated it did not like it.


Steve thinks I should have asked her for coffee the irony of that being that we were in a Tea store. One can hardly begin to describe the subjects of these thibking.

Burroughs is pretty damn funny when he’s not being an ass. The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well-educated people who, more likely than not, learned most thhinking what they know about life’s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film.

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The title fits this collection, which is burrougha of chatty narratives in which the speaker seeks to influence the world in ways that it resists. I love him, as is, fully. Then it was all about having a shar-pei puppy, the more wrinkles the better. Discover what to read next. When Augusten Burroughs was a child, he was given away by his crazy, artistic mother to her psychiatrist.

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. I Kid You Augusteh. Like Dry and Running with Scissorsthis collection showcases Burroughs’s sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing. Only vaguely a The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

He just does not care whether you like him or not. And he is, definitely, a jerk. And Daddy will give you ten bucks if you put it on mute. I happened to live in squalor that was more than four-feet deep throughout the apartment.


Who knows if all burrougha details are true, i don’t care. 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.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

And he made a few typos and can’t seem to get his facts straight did he start working in advertising when he was 18 or 19? Quotes from Magical Thinking. Burroughs is neurotic and cruel and you wouldn’t want him mabical a godfather for your children but he is damn funny and, for that, you just can’t help but like the man. 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.

Do you think she can last on her own for two days? I don’t want to have that hate in my heart when I die.