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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs. True Stories by Augusten Burroughs. From the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry–a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give voice to the thoughts we all have but dare not mention.
Then there is the contest of wills with the dera From the 1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry–a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Dating an undertaker and much more. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 22, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: He just does not care whether you like him or not. These are what make Augusten Burrough’s memoirs very different from what I’ve read so far. He does not give an eff when he recounts how many Catholic gay priests he had sex with. He tells each sexual encounter like he is telling them to his gay close friend inside an enclosed room.
All the details, including the unprintables, are mentioned and their intimate conversations in verbatim.
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This is my fifth book by Burroughs. I used to hate him: I did not tjinking his hysterics and his stories seemed to be insensitive burrough the people he grew up with. I mean why wash your laundry in public when you can do it in private? 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. This was when I read Dry 3 stars and his sensitive gay side comes out when he said inside the gay bar: He does not fear anyone.
He is what he is. So, if you don’t like him, don’t buy and read his books. Which for me is originality. The guy has the balls to show to the world who he is.
He knows that he is read mostly by gay guys and he is not ashamed that he gets fan mails with gay guys sending him pictures of their penis.
He was fascinated though, when old women recognized him on the street and told him that they’ve read his burrroughs. He told a couple of stories about those encounters and I just laughed out loud this morning. What am I doing reading all these books by Burroughs? Ah, don’t entertain the idea that I am gay. This is my last book by him in my possession and I have no plan to buy and burrougys his other works.
I am done with Burroughs. 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 read these two other books, Dry and Magical Thinking.
My hatred for him used to be as high as the sky and had I stopped there, my soul would not be at peace. I don’t want to have that hate in my heart when I die. Then you don’t have that hate in your heart anymore. Only love resides in your heart.
I love the fact that I now understand Augusten Burroughs. View all 5 comments. Jan 09, Tung rated it it was ok Shelves: A few years ago I read Running with Scissors and found it over-the-top but tolerable.
Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay. Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever. But then I realized something: 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 with Scissors and found it over-the-top but tolerable.
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 life. Overall, I found it uneven.
I think this one is the last one for me, thanks. View all 6 comments. Apr 13, Libby rated it did not like it Shelves: I found myself unable to connect with him anymore. I couldn’t laugh anymore because I thought he was just plain cruel most of the time whether it be to animals, children or adults. Now I havent read Running with Scissors or Dry yet but I do understand that he had a very screwed up childhood I have a lot of trouble laughing at other peoples pain, Augusten seems to revel in it and make it a source of his happiness.
View all 3 comments. Aug 23, Stephanie rated it did not like it. In the past, I have only listed books on Goodreads that I have enjoyed and would recommend. I commented that I did not want her to read it because in one of AB’s essays, he describes wishing a boss dead the origination of the title and incredibly goes on to gleefully reveal that she did die after hoping it would happen.
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. This boss of his was also a Creative Director of mine at a different ad agencya mentor, a friend, a guest at my wedding. When she died, she left a husband, an eleven-year-old daughter, and all of the friends that she had “mothered. When I negatively commented on the book as it was listed on my pal’s page, Goodreads removed the comment.
I have no idea why. 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.
Yes, this is why I hated the book. I think that’s a good enough reason. And in this forum, shouldn’t this comment be allowed to stand? 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.
Why am I so disgusted by him? The only reason I finished Magical Thinking was that I needed something to occupy my time in the bathroom.
Nov 29, Mariel rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The government called and said burrouvhs can’t afford David Sedaris anymore. It’s the recession, y’know.
Guess it’s the poorest man’s David Maagical Burroughs would be better if he’d at least admit he’s a bitchy gay man instead of trying to tack on “But everybody is okay” drivel messages at the end of his bitchiness. 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.
Only vaguely a The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore. Or people who tack on “Now don’t get offended” before being absolutely offensive dicks I couldn’t help but remember all of Bill Hicks’ anti-advertising people bits when reading this. Wonder what Hicks would have made of Don Draper.
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 magicwl, I’m never impressed by his epiphanies.
Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
I don’t care about selling things catchily. Not that he’s good enough for me to bother with. I only read this ’cause it was a Christmas prezzie. Christmas rolls around once a year and I’m gonna get more books I feel obligated to read