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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Augusten Burroughs is hideously kinky. I mean positive critiques from the worlds most reputable sources can’t be all wrong, can they? I’m glad he decided to start writing, but I’ll still be drinking Dr Pepper. The only reason I finished Magical Thinking was that I needed something to occupy my time in the bathroom.

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.


Burroughs has received the “good” the world has to offer– which makes me have hope. Jan 09, Tung rated it it was ok Shelves: I have a lot of trouble laughing at other peoples pain, Augusten seems to thiniing in it and make it a source of his happiness. Too much of me is toxic.

The good news is that in the end True Stories” with all of those thoughts and more. Quotes from Magical Thinking. Who knows if all the details are true, i don’t care. I’ve tinking to stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it’s not as good as it seems.

I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him. Nov 22, Diana rated it really liked it. The shower came after I cleaned the shower but, get this, before I took a bubble bath.


It was also a publishing phenomenon mzgical helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad.

Why am I so disgusted by him? He’s not just not like me, he’s not like anybody I come in regular contact with or know well.

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

That is an absolute in my life too. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: I dig how augysten and ethical Draper is, and budroughs he relates advertising to what people think everybody else thinks and try to conform to that view however, I’m never impressed by his epiphanies. Open Preview See a Problem? If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Possible Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago.

It could die and it could rot. It takes no leap of imagination to know that in our home, there would be a Sony Playstation in every room. Aug 23, Stephanie rated it did not like it.

Boy, what a life

That’s why I took it to the DMV with me a few weeks ago when I was getting my driver’s license renewed. And we always, always manage to find whatever was missing. The trick is to know that it will and not worry things to death.

How many times do breast implants have to be mentioned, and why would a gay man care so much about them? Jul 18, Erica rated it really liked it. In this book he is more or less a caricature of himself.

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. My hatred for him used to be as high as the sky and had I stopped there, my soul would not be at peace.

In Which Augusten Kills a Mouse.

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. Another bunch of vulgar and lewd sob stories by a man with a severe case of exaggeration magixal trying to pass off fabrication as fact. Then there is the contest of wills with the deranged cleaning lady.


Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster. Then I realized that this made absolutely NO sense. Dec 22, K. It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in threading a story through seemingly disparate essays.

I think this one is the last one for me, thanks.

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There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, some cringe-worthy sections, and some thought-provoking essays. 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. The child then gets scolded for crying. I love this collection of essays. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny.

Dec 04, Alison rated it liked it. 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 Augussten of Modeling and complaining that the “new gay thing in Manhattan” is adopting babies instead of buying shar-pei puppies. Burroughs remains sober to this day.