Jay Parini enjoys Augusten Burroughs’s collection of personal essays, Magical Thinking. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs’s collection of true stories, is outrageous, hilarious and a touching tribute to his partner, says Kim Bunce. Magical Thinking is a memoir by American writer Augusten Burroughs. The book contains stories from the adult life of the author. Excerpts from the chapter.

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I wouldn’t really call any of his writing “thoughtful,” per se, but these stories in particular seem a bit shallow which I’m sure he’d readily admit.

Even when we fight we fight inside a container of good. My Last First Date. People Looking for a Guilty Pleasure. It’s a weird feeling and I won’t call it coincidence either because it’s just burrougns too many times to say that it’s not magical. And in spite of the focus on differences, we all share a lot of the human experience: Dec 22, K.

We’d be traveling on business, off to L. 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. To bugroughs other readers questions about Magical Thinkingplease sign up.

He tells each sexual encounter like he is telling them to his gay close friend inside an maigcal room.

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The “rat thing” was great, and I loved the episode with his cleaning lady. I’ve had to stop arm wrestling with the facts. Trivia About Magical Thinking I’ve had to stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it’s not as good as it seems.


What am Burrooughs doing reading all these books by Burroughs? Apr 14, Jennifer Stec rated it it was amazing. It’s just I was bored with my life and wanted a change. Which for me is originality. They know the scent. Why am I so disgusted by him? Then you don’t have that hate in your heart anymore.

I don’t doubt that this happened to Burroughs -everything seems to happen to him. He calls women “bitch” and “cunt. I’ve done lots of things in odd orders. Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten’s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents.

View all 6 comments. The guy has the balls to show to the world who he is. And Sellevision stands as Burroughs’s only published novel.

Feeling like somebody at the top of the heart-lung transplant recipient list. Amusing enough to make me laugh out loud a few times. Steve thinks I should have asked her for coffee the irony of that being that we were in a Tea store. Not just because he’s a gay guy and I’m a straight woman, but because he is an alcoholic urban ad agency executive who watches endless TV and, as he sa Like any collection, it has its stronger and weaker elements.


I Kid You Not. Compact Disc – I briefly considered asking her for her number before I asked her for her name. To see buurroughs your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I appreciate hyperbole and use it a lot in my own writing, but Burrough’s hyperbolic statements thikning seem inflammatory in an adolescent and obnoxious way. Besides, I love David Sedaris, and out of the reviews, of them had a fond comparison.

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. May 02, Hilary D rated it liked it. I mean positive critiques from the worlds most reputable sources can’t be all wrong, can they?

This led me constantly think, “I thought this was a memoir based on things that actually take place.


The book was published one year later. The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy.

Everywhere there were mounds of foreign magazines, month-old newspapers, a thousand or more empty sixteen-ounce beer cans.