On reflection at the end of Magical Thinking, I entertain the idea that somehow Augusten Burroughs has plied his talent to amazingly get a late-middle-aged straight lady to become hypnotized into finishing a book that had some places I never intended to go. And it seemed from the beginning, I felt motivated to finish this book as quickly as I could make the time.
"Debby's Requirements" became my favorite story for two reasons:
1. A belly laugh that just would not quit over an elaborate set-up and punch that still makes me laugh.
2. One of her "requirements" shined up my dull solid cherry furniture that I have all over my house.
"Up the Escalator" made me feel understood when my feet feel like iron balls walking up broken escalators.
"My Last First Date" made me wish to explore a relationsip with a guy who treats me a lot like Burroughs' Dennis.
The big payoff for me was Burroughs' ability to allow me to truly know what another person thought and felt in real life situations as honestly as he could remember and tell me, like I was the best interviewer in the world and I had adeptly pried every thought and feeling out of him, even the ones that made him uncomfortable revealing.
I don't remember when his gayness and my straightness stopped being important.
I discoverd throughout that, God forgive, I actually got Burroughs' sense of humor.
I also got a strange buzz from feeling like I was one up because I got to know so much about him without revealing anything about myself. You go, Augusten, and thanks for the memories!
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