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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People Looking for a Guilty Pleasure. I did, however, feel there was a certain rushed tone, like he had to slam out these stories burroguhs to keep his name relevant. So how did I feel about this collection. Other times were just plain squirmy for me. First, because I am startlingly self-centered. View Full Version of PW.


If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Burrroughs Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago. Return to Book Page. If you think David Sedaris’ stories are funny, then you’ll really explode with laughter when you read this collection from Augesten Burroughs. Separating the book from the man, it is amazing that someone even survived half the things Burroughs talks about.

Feb 21, David rated it really liked it. It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in t Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a “Magical Thinking” book too. What I eventually realized is that in Burroughs I was hoping to find another David Sedaris — a funny, bitter, bitchy gay man with a keen memory and scathing attention to detail but with an evident heart and soul.

They have smelled it. 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. Mar 16, Sue Smith rated it liked it Shelves: This author crams “Magical Thinking: Trivia About Magical Thinking The guy has the balls to show to the world who he is. The very details the media view with such suspicion are the same details that prove to my reader, this guy was there.


I always appreciate a self-aware narrator, but although Burrough’s is admirably self-aware and vulnerable, he is thinkinng unhealthy in his thinking and behavior. Or people who tack on “Now don’t burrouvhs offended” before being absolutely offensive dicks Jul 27, Tortla rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Boy, what a life

It doesn’t get five stars because Burroughs is amusing but not endearing. Thankfully the end stories were the lightest ones and I was grateful for that.

And he comes across as saying, “I don’t want to be defined by my homosexuality, burrougs let me tell you about the catholic priests I’ve seduced,” or “my boyfriend likes big black men bhrroughs tight butts I didn’t read the whole thing–only to the essay where he writes about how he tortured a rat.

He calls her a cocksucker and threatens to push her mother into the ocean, hurt her daddy, and become her new daddy. In Which Augusten Kills a Mouse. Because the stories are short, pretty quick reads, it’s great for those times when you want something to read but have a lot of distractions around. It’s a weird feeling and I won’t call it coincidence either because it’s just happened too many times to say that it’s not magical.

I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which I live. Later in life, Burroughs has a brief fling with another priest, who guides him into alcoholic recovery.

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The good news is that in the end Anecdotes about his boyfriend and dog are sweet I liked his boyfriend announcing he wanted to be President Probably the weakest of all of Burroughs’ work with “Dry” coming in at the top spotI still enjoyed this one. I get magical thinking actually. I’m really enjoying this book!


Even when we fight we fight inside a container of good. My former art director, Greer, and I had a lot of fun playing burrougns with people. I would not have given PSE 3 stars, I would have given it two, and this memoir three. So, if you don’t like him, don’t buy and read his books.

So how did I feel about this collection of stories you ask? That’s why I took it to the DMV with me a few weeks ago when I was getting my driver’s license renewed.

I’ve done lots of things in odd orders. It’s fun to read a book by a gay augustfn in which gay sex is treated without fuss. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up. Yhinking chapter has wonderful sentences that make me run into the room where jason is, or poke him on the train, and read aloud.

One of my favorites is Author Augusten Burroughs has hit a home run again in this funny, sometimes acerbic collection of true anecdotes that reveals the dark thoughts we all sometimes have, and then carries them out to their seemingly insane conclusions It’s also fair warning for parents who read this book that Burroughs actively dislikes children.