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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And, again, it didn’t cross burrougns mind one bit to ask myself, “which novel came first? Later in life, Burroughs has a brief fling with another priest, who guides him into alcoholic recovery. Jul 08, Alex Duncan rated it really liked it. I’m glad he decided to start writing, but I’ll still be drinking Dr Pepper. Life Cycle of the North American Opossum. Because it’s as good as it seems. So how di 3. It definitely made the hellish DMV experience a lot more bearable. That is an absolute in my life too.

One can hardly begin to describe the subjects of these essays. Jan ghinking, Tung rated it it was ok Shelves: I always appreciate a self-aware narrator, but although Burrough’s is admirably self-aware and vulnerable, he is profoundly unhealthy in his thinking and behavior. However, after reading this book, even if you laugh a lot, you would never, ever want to be his friend because you know how he thinks and talks about people.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

These snippets are not presented in any particular chronological order, but begin in childhood, with memories about a Tang commercial, and lead us through the panicky drinking days and the one-night stands.

But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison. Trivia About Magical Thinking Burroughs thinks this is hilarious. And to get into that A-list college, you had to do very well in the right high school.


I can’t read this. Everywhere there were mounds of foreign magazines, month-old newspapers, a thousand or more empty sixteen-ounce beer cans.

Mar 16, Sue Smith rated it liked it Shelves: In this book he is more or less a caricature of himself. Mar 23, Rebecca McNutt rated it did not like it Shelves: So why should I get it again?

Described beautifully in this excerpt: Each chapter has wonderful sentences that make me run into the room where jason is, or poke him on the train, and read aloud. I can only deal with a collection of short stories when they’re about the same person; and in this case the main character of each story is the author, Augusten Burroughs.

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.

Thankfully the end stories were the lightest ones and I was grateful for that.

It was only a couple of months back when I began to understand his style, since it seems to be consistent throughout all his works. 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”.

In a sense, the author rehashes much of this material in Magical Thinking, a rag-bag collection of brief personal essays; in another sense, he amplifies the material, adding glittery new edges to one of the edgiest voices in America today. I get magical thinking actually. So, if you don’t like him, don’t buy and read his books. Burroughs is pretty damn funny when he’s not being an ass. 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.

And some of the worst things that happen are those that don’t, as in “Transfixed by Transsexuals”, in which the author allows his fantasies about changing sex to run wild. We’d be traveling on business, off to L. I’ve had to stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it’s not as good as it seems.


Who knows if all the details are true, i don’t care. May 02, Hilary D rated it liked it. When he’s working late and I’m alone, thinoing sometimes when we’re in bed together, the lights off, I try to make even a small list in my mind of his faults: The baby is alone.

I dig how immoral and ethical Draper is, and how he relates advertising to what people think everybody else thinks and try to conform to that view however, I’m never impressed by his epiphanies. Feeling auguaten somebody at the top of augsten heart-lung transplant recipient list. Burroughs is honest and I like him He tries, for example, to get his lover, Dennis, to use a new skin moisturiser, having been hoodwinked by the ads: Personally, I know it works.

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Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever. But then I realized something: Then I realized that this made absolutely NO sense. And he is, definitely, a jerk. He calls her a cocksucker and threatens to push her mother into the ocean, hurt her daddy, and become her new daddy. At burroughx point, I might have even cried. And Daddy will give you ten bucks if you put it on mute.

Not that he’s good enough for me to bother with. I found nothing nothing charming about Magical Thinking and while I was reading it all I could think was that he represents the unshaven underarm of society — the type of person who finds everything wrong with the world and the slice of pie he has been delivered but fails to notice the good things like the fact that he is eating pie.

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