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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Now what sense does that make? As I read about Burroughs’ experiences dating an undertaker, getting blowjobs by priests and dealing with a psychotic housekeeper, I kept bursting out laughing.
Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
The trick is to know that it will and not worry things to death. This book is funny. He reminds me of guys I know bhrroughs make up obviously bullshit stories made more annoying by the obvious fact they expect you are impressed by it I’m not.
Well worth the read. Preview — Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.
So how did I feel about this collection of stories you ask? This was tbinking I read Dry 3 stars and his sensitive gay side comes out when he said inside the gay bar: The reason my books continue to sell, despite frequently being dismissed as “unbelievable,” is because the people who read my books recognize the truth that is in them.
The first 5 essays feel like he’s just trying to fill space in the book with nonsense “what if” stories that are obviously all taking place in his head. 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 upbringing.
Just 10 years ago, this was unheard of. I Dated An Undertaker. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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? I got so mad I tore the pages out of the book then tossed the book into the first trash can I found. I did ask her for her name, though.
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Many of them are about being gay in New York, being trendy and neurotic, being hopelessly gullible, being silly, being a tourist in the modern world, being self-obsessed and hating it. You’re a star now, so relax and take your time with your next book. I think that’s a good enough reason. Aug 23, Stephanie rated it did thinling like it. Jul 18, Erica rated it really liked it. He told a couple of stories about those encounters and I just laughed out loud this morning.
View all 3 comments. But they weren’t enough to elevate the book above, “it was ok. He tries, for example, to get his lover, Dennis, to use a new skin moisturiser, having been hoodwinked by the ads: Burroughs’s smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of Tginking Sedaris and David Rakoff.
Feb 16, Anita rated it really liked it Shelves: I get magical thinking actually.
Then it was all about having a shar-pei auguzten, the more wrinkles the better. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in threading a story through seemingly disparate essays.
The rawness was like flayed skin and some things were funny, but not really a light humor at all. Jul 27, Tortla rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m terrified of what sort of parent I would make.
View all 5 comments. In DRY, Burroughs portrays himself as more human, with feelings and struggles. I also believe i’m d I’m really enjoying this book!