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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs

Magical Thinking (2004)

by Augusten Burroughs

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I really enjoyed this book. This one is more tales from Burroughs life, where as his other books also are autobiographical this one is more fun. He tells stories of his dating life, getting even with telemarketers, vacation woes and even a trip to K-Mart. A story about he almost became a model, his first date with his partner, looking t build a "log cabin" upstate. This one is much lighter than the others I've read and makes him feel much more personable. Although one of the stories is how fans come up to him in public and tell there worst stories to him, after that story you'll never think of Dr. Pepper the same way again.
  ChrisWeir | Feb 26, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book more than Running With Scissors due to the various subjects of the essays. Many focused on Burroughs dating life, which, at times, sounded hilariously (scarily?) similar to my own. Overall, the book seemed much lighter and funnier than his memoir, which made it easier to read. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
(Ceduto) Questo è il caso di un libro acquistato non per la copertina, ma per il titolo, a cui fa pendant la breve critica riportata in copertina ("spaventoso, perverso..."). Come molti, Burroghs scrive guardandosi l'ombelico ma, essendo gay - con qualche desiderio giovanile di transessualità - a volte scende anche un poco piu' in basso. Non è scurrile - almeno, non lo è spesso... - e si legge velocemente e volentieri. A patto di essere interessati alla vita quotidiana - lavorativa e sessuale sopratutto - di questo giovane pubblicitario americano che si è scopato un terzo di Manhattan. Certe scene, descritte con passione e cura, sono esilaranti (penso alla uccisione del topo/cosa nella vasca da bagno, o al suo incontro con Raoul...). ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Either I've become a cranky, old woman, or this book is really terrible. I forced myself to read all of the essays in this book because reviewers from such notable newspapers as The New York Times and The Chicago Sun-Times have described other works by Augusten Burroughs with such words as "entertaining", great", "breathtaking", and "funny". I found no reason to laugh or smile throughout this book. Rather, I found this book lacked any grace. Additionally, I was offended by lines such as the following which others might have found entertaining:

"But Dennis and I will have none of this madness. Neither of us wants to accept the special challenges presented by a severely handicapped Romanian child or a baby who was born addicted to crack and has only half a head."

"After a year, my body was transformed. But only from Auschwitz into lean."

"When I get a craving for Nature, I turn on the Discovery channel and watch bear-attack survivors recount their horror and show the results of their reconstructive surgery."

I think I've had my fill of this author's crude attempts at humor. ( )
1 vote SqueakyChu | Feb 2, 2014 |
Ok. I really, really wanted to like this book a lot. It was a quick, easy read: a compilation of snippets from the author's life and thoughts. A few of the stories unfolded nicely and others felt like Burroughs was trying a bit too hard to jar the reader. It reminded me of the kid who sticks a pencil in his nose to get everyone’s attention. Vanderbilt Genes and Telemarketing Revenge were two stories that were just right. For me, towards the end of the book it felt like a repeating merry-go-round of darkness that just wasn’t funny, interesting or engaging. ( )
  MichelleCH | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Magical thinking: A schizotypal personality disorder attributing to one's own actions something that had nothing to do with him or her and thus assuming that one has a greater influence over events than is actually the case.
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When I was seven, I was plucked from my uneventful life deep in darkest Massachusetts and dropped into a Tang Instant Breakfast Drink commercial.
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It’s best to know this from the start: Augusten Burroughs is mean. Augusten Burroughs is also outrageously X-rated. If you can get past those two things, Burroughs might just be the most refreshing voice in American books today, and his collection of acerbic essays will have you laughing out loud even while cringing in your seat. Whether he is stepping on the fingers of little children or giving you the blow-by-blow on a very unholy act, Burroughs manages to do it in a way that fills conflicted fans with both horror and glee.

Spanning from the surprisingly Machiavellian portrayal of his role in a Tang commercial at age seven to his more recent foray into dog ownership, Burroughs has what seems to be an endless supply of offbeat life experiences. Much like earlier David Sedaris collections (Barrel Fever or Naked), there are occasional fits and starts in the flow of the writing, but ultimately, Magical Thinking is worth reading (and re-reading). If you’re familiar with Burroughs's memoirs, Running with Scissors, and Dry, you may find parts of Magical Thinking repetitive, since these essays bounce around in time between the other two. In fact, in an ideal world, this collection would have come first, as it offers an excellent introduction to Burroughs's fascinating life. --Vicky Griffith

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A collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

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