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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It’s like reading the memoirs of a space alien.

I’m Gonna Live Forever. Then we would become aware that somebody else was listening, so I would say, mmagical, tell me you arranged for your parents to stay with magival baby. Dennis would make a good parent. Author Burdoughs 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 xugusten conclusions Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way, like drowning a mouse in his bathtub, attending the Barbizon School of Modeling and complaining that the “new gay thing in Manhattan” is adopting babies instead of buying shar-pei puppies.

May 19, Andre rated it liked it. These snippets are not presented in any particular chronological order, but begin in childhood, with memories about a Tang commercial, and lead us through the panicky drinking days and the one-night stands.


It could die and it could rot. So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile.

If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Possible Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago. Jan 23, Robert rated it liked it.

Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten’s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents.

There are thoughts about almost anything that may have crossed your mind, but that you were afraid to articulate. Other times augueten just plain squirmy for me.

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First, because I am startlingly self-centered. Which for me is originality. It is currently in development as a feature film. Sometimes I was snorting out loud and laughing uproariously.

Mar 16, Sue Smith rated it amgical it Shelves: Burroughs is not Sedaris. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady.


The only reason I finished Magical Thinking was that I needed something to occupy my time in the bathroom. I’d rather read my own crap. I mean positive critiques from the worlds most reputable sources can’t be all wrong, can they? Thinkin, read on and learn I also believe i’m d I’m really enjoying this book!

View Full Version of PW. Ugh, why the hell do I ever even bother trying to read books by this Augustenn Burroughs guy?

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Compact Disc – 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, maical friend, a guest at my wedding.


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. He had also stopped drinking. I’m terrified of what sort of parent I would make.

Personally, I know it works. But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.

A psychological term, “magical thinking” maggical the belief that one exerts more influence over events than one actually does. It’s a collection of his essays, much like the style of David Sedaris.

Dead clever

Some essays do seem to reintroduce material you’ve seen before. 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.

Well, it was a mixed bag of stories and my feelings were about the same.