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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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He does not fear anyone. 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.

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Nov 22, Diana rated it really liked it. My favorite one was the one that this book is titled after – Magical Thinking. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors or Dry knows this already. MT is the real shit.

Dead clever

Then I read the sequel Dry and thought it was okay. I don’t want to have that hate in my heart magcal I die.

Jan 23, Robert rated it liked it. Then remember that my shirt is wrinkled so I have to take my shirt back off to iron it. First, because Thlnking am startlingly self-centered.

Burroughs is honest and I like him Not nearly as funny as the cover review blurb from USA today makes it out to be; not truly necessary to get the tissue box out. Now, I know I’m making out Burroughs to be some kind of monster. It is hard to believe that one man has had so many strange things happen to him but oddities seek Burroughs out.


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I haven’t read his autobiography, “Running With Scissors,” so I can’t fill burrougghs the background of his frequent references to a terribly abusive upbri After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in any redeeming qualities.

He tries, for example, to get his lover, Dennis, to use a new skin moisturiser, having been hoodwinked by the ads: Burroughs is not Sedaris.

After enjoying Burrough’s bitchy humor for a few chapters, I began to find the stories lacking in any hurroughs qualities. He calls her a cocksucker and threatens to push her mother into the ocean, hurt her daddy, and become her new daddy. Paperbackpages. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state thlnking 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.

You get to see everything like an alien visiting earth, because you are. Not that he’s good enough for me to bother with. I just wanted to heal my hatred for him and there was no other way I could do that but know more about him.


He’s a nasty man I chose not to spend any more time with after the first 7 or 8 chapters. Burroughs is no David Sedaris, but he is certainly an enjoyable comedic author.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

Five happy stars for this one! Thanks for telling us about the problem. I understand the Santa thing could’ve easily been exaggerated but that graphic detail about his sexual relationship with the guy, and then separately, He is what he is. Damaged but invigorated and fucking lucky.

View all 5 comments. Friend Suzanne is redescribed in such augudten way that makes me think the editing wasn’t fully up to snuff.

Partly I was fascinated by these stories because Burroughs is basically the anti-me. I don’t want this book to end. He calls women “bitch” and “cunt. Burroughs is a thoughtful writer, who is also very honest about his own shortcomings and eccentricities.

This is actually quite moving.