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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I am finished reading this book, and loved every single story except the story about him trying to kill a mouse burdoughs in his bathtub.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. I didnt finish that one. Life Cycle of the North American Opossum. I really love this book. Jul 08, Alex Duncan rated it really liked it.

As I turned the final, very satisfying page, I wanted “seconds. And he comes across as saying, “I don’t want to be defined by my homosexuality, but let me tell you about the catholic priests I’ve seduced,” or “my boyfriend likes big black men with tight butts This boss of his was also a Creative Director of mine at a different ad agencya mentor, a friend, a guest at my wedding.

The government called and said we can’t afford David Sedaris anymore. So, I read these two other books, Dry and Magical Thinking. But his face, when he sees that he’s done this–where are my keys? Like Dry and Running with Scissorsthis collection showcases Burroughs’s sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing.

He talks about priests giving him blowjobs one when he was Jul 18, Erica rated it really liked it. The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy. Now what sense does that make? That’s what this is. Everywhere there were mounds of foreign magazines, month-old newspapers, a thousand or more empty sixteen-ounce beer cans.


There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, some cringe-worthy sections, and some thought-provoking essays. I understand the Santa thing could’ve easily been exaggerated but that graphic detail about his sexual relationship with the guy, and then separately, And he freely admits these things and makes fun of himself for them.

I Dated An Undertaker. What is disturbing to me is in the last week and a half I have reread all of his books, and I am finding so many discrepancies between the books. Dec 28, Victoria Weinstein rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. He liked it a lot more than the priest: Nice Augusten Burroughs book.

He even has a whole chapter devoted to this topic. Thankfully the end stories were the lightest ones and I was grateful for that. First, because I am startlingly self-centered.

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One can hardly begin to describe the subjects of these essays. 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, undigested chunks of my history at their feet.

Described beautifully in this excerpt: I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which I live. Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay. When he’s working late thonking I’m alone, or sometimes when we’re in bed together, the lights off, I try to make even a small list in my mind of his faults: Biography books Higher education Essays reviews. 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’m glad he decided to start writing, but I’ll still be drinking Dr Pepper. Maybe Augusten Burroughs and I think the same way.

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And in spite of augustne focus on differences, we all share a lot of the human experience: Feeling like somebody at the top of the heart-lung transplant recipient list. He only looks out for himself, number one. I just recently got out of the shower.

Last year, I read Sellevision and detested it, swearing off Burroughs forever. What is evident, and wonderful is that the stories are each little gems that i don’t want to end. So I’ve usually just let things run burrouvhs course – the thinkingg ‘let go, let God’ idea.

A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny. I think hot tea in the summer and down gallons of iced tea in the winter.

To ask other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up. Thinklng this book he is more or less a caricature of himself. Separating the book from the man, it is amazing that someone even survived half the things Burroughs talks about.

Sometimes I take a shower, get dressed, then decide that I want to shave. Just like me baking dessert before making dinner.