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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Other times were just plain squirmy for me. Ugh, why the hell do I ever even bother trying to read books by this Augusten Burroughs guy?

Described beautifully in this excerpt: Then you don’t have that hate in your heart anymore. And then there’s the chapter on telemarketers, and how they call numerous times at night and repeatedly, with the “frequent urgency of dumped boyfriends. It doesn’t get five stars because Burroughs is amusing but not endearing. I love this collection of essays. I would not have given PSE 3 stars, I would have given it two, and this memoir three. 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”.

First, because I am startlingly self-centered.

If a bully so much as touched him at school, my kid would be armed with a stun gune the next day. May 02, Hilary D rated it liked it.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

This is my last book by him in my possession and I have no plan to buy and read his other works. If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Possible Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago.


So I decided to give Magical Thinking a chance 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 A few years ago I read Running thunking Scissors and found it over-the-top but tolerable.

He does not fear anyone. I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him. This, inevitably, leads Burroughs to reflect on his own unfitness for parenthood: He reminds me of guys I know who make up obviously bullshit stories made more annoying by the obvious fact they expect you are impressed by it I’m not. I wouldn’t really call any burrouths his writing “thoughtful,” per se, but these stories in particular seem a bit shallow which I’m sure he’d readily admit.

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Anyways, an interesting book with some uncomfortable spots and lots of great funny moments. Apr 14, Jennifer Stec rated it it was amazing.

I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. If you think David Sedaris’ stories are funny, bueroughs you’ll really explode with laughter when you read this collection from Augesten Burroughs. Somehow, through a flip of the coin, I ended up here.

He does not give an eff when he recounts how many Catholic gay priests he had sex amgical. Like Dry and Running with Scissorsthis collection showcases Burroughs’s sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing. He calls her a cocksucker and threatens to push her mother into the ocean, hurt her daddy, and become her new daddy. I really love this book.


Magical Thinking: True Stories

Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay. Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster. It’s also fair warning for parents who read this book burrougsh Burroughs actively dislikes children. 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.

Because sometimes he misplaces things: Preview — Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs. PSE basically consists of rejected stories from MT.

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The baby is alone. Burrpughs require hours alone each day to write about myself. Who knew that Catholic priests could be so twisted? He calls women “bitch” and “cunt.

Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever. Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a “Magical Thinking” book too.

Well, it was a mixed bag of stories and my feelings were about the same. He talks about priests giving him blowjobs one when he was