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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Martin’s is making a big push for Burroughs’s third book: I didnt finish that one.

Boy, what a life

The Best Books of People Looking for a Guilty Pleasure. So Anthony bought me this book last weekend and I finished it in 3 days.

So I really have no wisdom to impart. And then there’s the chapter on telemarketers, and how they call numerous times at night and repeatedly, with the “frequent urgency of dumped boyfriends.

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. This boss of his was also a Ghinking 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.

Which for me is originality. The awkwardness was wayyyyyy too uncomfortable.

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This author crams “Magical Thinking: I did ask her for her name, though. I don’t want this book to end.

So I’ve usually just let things run their course – the old ‘let go, let God’ idea. In the past, I have only listed books on Goodreads that I have enjoyed and would recommend. I am finished reading this book, and loved every single story except the story about him trying to kill a mouse trapped in his bathtub.


Life Cycle of the North American Opossum. So how di 3. This book is funny. He does not give an eff when he recounts how many Catholic gay mahical he had sex with.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

Who knows if all the details are true, i don’t care. That’s what this is. View all 5 comments. They have smelled it. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady. Augusten Burroughs is hideously kinky. After only a short conversation, he fumbles into joking about his life, to the horror of his date, and realizes, “I mafical ease people into the facts of me, not deposit large, undigested chunks of my history at their feet.

Not that he’s good enough for thinkingg to bother with. Why am I so disgusted by him? After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in burroufhs redeeming qualities. 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. Christmas rolls around once a year and I’m gonna get more books I feel obligated to read Many of them are about being gay in New York, being trendy and neurotic, being hopelessly gullible, being silly, being a tourist in the modern world, being self-obsessed and hating it.

This led me constantly think, “I thought this was a memoir based on things that actually take place. And he freely admits these things and makes fun of himself for them. It’s fun burdoughs read a book by a gay man in which gay sex is treated without fuss. There are thoughts about almost anything that may have crossed your mind, but that you were afraid to articulate.


Anecdotes about his boyfriend and dog are sweet I liked his boyfriend announcing he wanted to be President of Lycra in order to decree who would be allowed wear it and who wouldn’t but the stuff about his parents and his childhood growing up with his mother’s psychotic shrink seem like retreads. Meanwhile, Back At the Ranch. My favorite after Dry. He tries, for example, to get his lover, Dennis, to use a new skin moisturiser, having been hoodwinked by the ads: Only love resides in your heart.

I have no idea why.

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Sometimes I take a shower, get dressed, then decide that I want to shave. I laughed out loud a lot. And in spite of the focus on differences, we all share burgoughs lot of the human experience: Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst -and best- reviews of the author’s career. We’d be traveling on business, off to L. This, inevitably, leads Burroughs to reflect on his own unfitness for parenthood: If you think David Sedaris’ stories are funny, then you’ll really explode with laughter when you read this collection from Augesten Burroughs.

Has anyone else thinkinng this? Apr 18, Julie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: They were just mean and bitchy rather than insightful and bitchy.