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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The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his career. Burroughs is vain, selfish, self-centered, materialistic and shallow. PSE basically consists of rejected thinjing from MT. I just recently got out of the shower.

I love the fact that I now understand Augusten Thikning. The first 5 essays feel like he’s just trying to fill space in the book with nonsense “what if” stories that are obviously all taking place in his head. A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate and very funny. This is my last book by him in my possession and I have no plan to buy and read his other works.

Magical Thinking: True Stories

It’s the recession, y’know. He is fiercely loyal and protective of his boyfriend, but again, I believe that is because his boyfriend makes him happy, and is therefore valuable to Burroughs. A solid collection of humorous stories, with a smattering of heartfelt and touching stories to boot. One of the things that gets under my skin is the way he approaches his homosexuality. Actually, it is very funny. One of my favorites is the chapter about a rat he finds in the bathtub in the middle of the night, and the panic that ensues.


If you’ve been keeping track, I finished Possible Side Effects last week and moved onto Magical Thinking a few days ago. Ah, don’t entertain the idea that I am gay. Apr 14, Jennifer Stec rated it it was amazing. I didnt finish that one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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While critics continue to challenge the veracity of Burroughs’s books, questioning everything from his alcoholism and advertising career to his earliest childhood memories, the author remains nonplussed, even philosophical. A psychological term, “magical thinking” describes the belief that one exerts more influence over events than one actually does.

Actually – more like written self-therapy journal entries – which is probably the essence of this exercise!! When she died, she left a husband, an eleven-year-old daughter, and all of the friends that she had “mothered.

Then remember that my shirt is wrinkled so I have to take my shirt back off to iron it. What am I doing reading all these books by Burroughs? But he’s no imitator of those essayists. Maggical 22, K. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror.


Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs

But his ability to be a jerk and say whatever comes into his head and do things that normal people only fantasize about saying but would never really say is why he’s so funny and why people read his books.

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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. Nov magial, Mariel rated it it was ok Recommends it for: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’ve done lots of things in odd orders. I don’t want this book to end. Personally, I know it works. My favorite one was the one augustten this book is titled after – Magical Thinking.

The rawness was like flayed skin and some things were funny, but not really a light humor at all.