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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Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever. I get magical thinking actually. Jan 09, Tung rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 11, Karin rated it did not like it. David Sedaris is gay too, but I didn’t feel that in his writing it defined who he was. Dating an undertaker and much more.
When Augusten Burroughs was a child, he was given away by his crazy, artistic mother to her psychiatrist.
You were an extraordinarily vain child who was obsessed with celebrity at a young age. This was when I read Dry 3 stars and his sensitive gay side comes out when he said inside the gay bar: It is currently in development as a feature film.
And Sellevision stands as Burroughs’s only published novel. He’s a nasty man I chose not to spend any more time with after the first 7 or 8 chapters. I would not have given PSE 3 stars, I would have given it two, and this memoir three. So I had to put the pork chops back in the fridge, wash some dishes, then pull them back out when they were ready to go.
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. It’s also fair warning for parents who read this book that Burroughs actively dislikes children. My favorite one was the augusfen that this book is titled after – Magical Thinking. Actually – more like written self-therapy journal entries – which is probably the essence of this exercise!!
I haven’t read his autobiography, “Running With Scissors,” so I can’t fill in the background of his frequent references to a terribly abusive upbri After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I augysten to find the stories lacking in any redeeming qualities. What I eventually realized is that in Burroughs I was hoping to find another David Sedaris — a funny, bitter, bitchy gay man with a keen memory and scathing attention to detail but with an evident heart and soul.
View all 5 comments. Lists with This Book. Burroughs views his life through a lens of self-deprecation, and the result is pieces like “My Last First Date,” describing the first time he met his current boyfriend. He calls her a cocksucker and threatens to push her mother into the ocean, hurt her daddy, and become her new daddy. Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He tells each sexual encounter like he is telling them to thinklng gay close friend inside an enclosed room. 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 tthinking the Christmas tree.
Burroughs has received the “good” the world has to offer– which makes me have hope. It’s just I was bored with my life and jagical a change. In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art of authoring one’s own life and humor as serious medicine.
There is nothing Burroughs won’t tell us. Why am I so disgusted by him? They were just mean and bitchy rather than insightful and bitchy. A few fabulous laugh lines and insights. He’s not just not like me, he’s not like anybody I come in regular contact with or know well. Then remember auyusten my shirt is wrinkled so I have to take my shirt back off to iron it.
Refresh and try again. 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. I require hours alone each day to write about myself.
And we always, always manage to find whatever was missing. Burroughs is no David Sedaris, but he is certainly an enjoyable comedic author.
The “rat thing” was great, and I loved the episode with his cleaning lady. 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.
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.
I think he’s used the story about being in Tang commercial as a child in at least three separate books now “Running with Scissors,” “Possible Side Effects,” and now “Magical Thinking”.
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