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Magical Thinking : True Stories

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Inside Augusten Burroughs

  • Aug 29, 2009
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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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June 16, 2010
Such a fun review to read. I loved his essay "Debby's Requirements" as well!
 
August 29, 2009
Hi Barbara.....I've read some of Augusten Burroughs, but have not read this one.....I now feel left out. My first read was Running with Scissors....quite provocative and more information than I care to relate here. I find that his books are a fast read, but have to ask is this stuff for real?? True life often gets twisted when we write and haves to recall the memories. He does have a certain quality like I like and he's a heck of a writer.....like you, he gives me a good laugh (from the belly) and I do love the memories after I've long put the book aside... best..D
 
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