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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At 14 he was “abused” by a priest in the loo. From the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry–a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. The first, an account of his nightmarish childhood drunk father, crazy mother, adopted by his mother’s therapist burroughx, introduced us to this quirky voice, which will tell us anything. I get magical thinking actually.

More By and About This Author. Mwgical were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst -and best- reviews of the author’s career. Jul 27, Tortla rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Every other story thiniing perfect, moving, and humorous. Nice Augusten Burroughs book. This book is funny.

Yesterday meaning Sunday since I haven’t gone to sleep yetI was at Hina’s when this incredibly attractive girl, with a very loud green, yellow and silver shirt and jean shorts was in there.

Quotes from Magical Thinking. Want to Read saving….

Dead clever

I’m Gonna Live Forever. He just does not care whether you like him or not. The chapter on killing the mouse in his bathtub totally lacked a point — and the second half of the book badly needed an editorial hand.

I found myself unable to connect with him anymore. And to get into that A-list college, you had to do very well in the right high school. I used to hate him: Or people who tack on “Now don’t get offended” before being absolutely offensive dicks 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.


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.

Babies are supposed to be pretty durable. The title fits this collection, which is full of chatty narratives in which the speaker seeks to influence the world in ways that it resists. Burroughs used to think he could break his mother’s back by stepping on sidewalk cracks. There are thoughts about almost anything that may have crossed your mind, but that you were afraid to articulate. It was way too detailed, and involved bleach, pesticide, scalding water. This author crams “Magical Thinking: I’ve had to stop arm wrestling with the facts.

The guy has the balls to show to the world who he is.

My favorite one was the one that this book is titled after – Magical Thinking. 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. Who knew that Catholic priests could be so twisted? It’s like reading the memoirs of a space alien. To ask other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up.

I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him. A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in So what do I do?


Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster. Aug 23, Stephanie rated it did not like it. I augustdn want to have that hate in my heart when I die. And, again, it didn’t cross my mind one bit thinkimg ask myself, “which novel came first?

I have a lot of trouble laughing at other peoples pain, Augusten bburroughs to revel in it and make it a source of his happiness. 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.

One of the things that gets under my skin is the way he approaches his homosexuality.

I am finished reading this book, and loved every single story except the story about him trying to kill a mouse trapped in his bathtub. It just made me feel betrayed lol, and annoyed. True Burrougus by Augusten Burroughs. Probably the weakest of all of Burroughs’ work with “Dry” coming in at the top spotI still enjoyed this one.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

In Which Augusten Kills a Mouse. Dennis would make a good parent. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I really liked being a guy. Yhinking Sedaris is gay too, but I didn’t feel that in his writing it defined who he was.

After only a short conversation, he fumbles into joking about his life, to the horror of his date, and realizes, “I must ease people into the facts of me, not deposit large, wugusten chunks of my history at their feet.