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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I Dated An Undertaker. He tells each sexual encounter like he is telling them to his gay close friend inside an enclosed room.

Burroughs is pretty damn funny when he’s not being an ass. Even the fact that he sometimes loses things has led to a treasured nickname: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

What am I doing reading all these books by Burroughs?

Boy, what a life

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The shower came after I cleaned the shower but, get this, before I took a bubble bath. Because sometimes he misplaces things: Which for me is originality.

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.

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: Feb 21, David rated it really liked it.

I found myself unable to connect with him anymore. 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. I used to hate him: This book is funny. Return to Book Page. Then, as a young man, he suffered psychological problems, alcoholism and drug addiction which he burgoughs in an equally digestible style in his second book, Dry.


The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore. I think Augusten Burroughs has a very clear, witty, engaging writing style, and I wish I could write with even a modicum of his humor. May 03, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Auyusten 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 And just like David Sedaris, only a couple birroughs these essays are “laugh out loud” funny.

It could die and it could rot. The absolute best story of the whole collection. Just a moment while augushen sign you in to your Goodreads account.

People Looking for a Guilty Pleasure. Here is an excerpt that depicts his thinkingg, but also his honesty about his life experiences that have shaped him. Other times were just plain squirmy for me. Then remember that my shirt is wrinkled so I have to take my shirt back off to iron it.

So how did Augustdn feel about this collection of stories you ask? The rawness was like flayed skin and some things were funny, but not really a light humor at all. Not that he’s good enough for me to bother with. He is what he is. To ask other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

I got this book on a whim after reading all it’s praise on the front cover. He has received blowjobs from three Catholic priests; been accosted by a grandmother who insisted on sharing her Doctor Pepper enema horror with him; and had sex with an undertaker in full view of a corpse.

It’s fun to read a book by a gay man in which gay sex is treated without fuss. Nov 22, Diana rated it really liked it. 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’ aaugusten with new found fame in New York City.


He calls women “bitch” and “cunt. And Sellevision stands as Burroughs’s only published novel. Burroughs’s smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent magicla David Sedaris and David Rakoff. When I negatively commented on the book as it was listed on my pal’s page, Goodreads removed the comment.

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Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten’s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents. From the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry–a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors or Dry knows this already. 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. I didnt finish that one.

I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him. So I really have no wisdom to impart.

Burroughs is vain, selfish, self-centered, materialistic and shallow. Sep 20, Thiking Maum rated it really liked it. This is my fifth book by Burroughs.

If Augusten Burroughs can present his sullen version of the truth sorry he hated “Charlotte”; maybe there was a reason she disliked himthen so can I.