Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. And all plots were familiar for me, but another thing seriously disappointed me - these stories are very shallow - I wrote such things in my diary during teens, but I never thought about selling them, 'cos' they are so common, we live our lives, we meet different people, but to sell such diaries in such a pathetic way - no, thank you please, it only makes me sneeze.
True fans and new readers alike will enjoy this book. It reads as both a novel and short story. Love love love you Agustin. I would not call myself a fan of Augusten Burroughs, though nobody can argue with the mainstream success he had with his last two novels. I found his "Running With Scissors" more disturbing than amusing or entertaining, and I only liked "Dry" slightly better than that. Perhaps "the third time is the charm," since his latest book provides a better insight into his personality, including his mindset when writing those last two works.
The author comes across as a gay, slightly psychotic Dave Barry in some, satirically looking at consumer resistence to advertising, design-it-yourself custom homes, getting revenge at telemarketers, and a few other topics. In others, the more-than-slightly-off-center author's voice comes through, in talking about his envy of transexuals, having sex with several priests, studying to be a model, gay men's devotion to steroids, and various "boyfriend from hell" stories. He also provides some additional insight into his childhood, his motivation to write the earlier two novels as well as his first book Sellevision , and openly discusses his relationship with a slightly older man he sometimes affectiionately calls "The Schnauzer.
However, if his earlier books did arouse your curiousity to know more about this rather unique individual, you may as I did find this volume useful for that purpose. I may even go back and read his "Sellevision". Augusten is one of my favorite authors and this book doesn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the book except the rat one. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? First, because I am startlingly self-centered.
I require hours alone each day to write about myself.
There is nothing Burroughs won't tell us. We hear about a woman whose mother gave her enemas with Dr Pepper, then made her drink what came out, for example. I don't doubt that this happened to Burroughs -everything seems to happen to him. The truth is, truth doesn't matter. These are fictions, little shaped narratives, in which the absurd things that happen to the hapless author are conveyed with a tone of wide-eyed wonder.
And some of the worst things that happen are those that don't, as in "Transfixed by Transsexuals", in which the author allows his fantasies about changing sex to run wild. I really liked being a guy. It's just I was bored with my life and wanted a change.
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It's fun to read a book by a gay man in which gay sex is treated without fuss. And just like David Sedaris, only a couple of these essays are "laugh out loud" funny. 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.
This led me constantly think, "I thought this was a memoir based on things that actually take place. I would say that my favorite essays which actually did make me laugh were Beating Raoul, which is about a "almost-perfect" date read to find out why I used the words almost-perfect" and I'm Gonna Live Forever which is about Burroughs' experiences with new found fame in New York City.
Jul 27, Tortla rated it really liked it Shelves: Amusing enough to make me laugh out loud a few times. It doesn't get five stars because Burroughs is amusing but not endearing. And he made a few typos and can't seem to get his facts straight did he start working in advertising when he was 18 or 19? Feb 21, David rated it really liked it. A solid collection of humorous stories, with a smattering of heartfelt and touching stories to boot.
Burroughs is no David Sedaris, but he is certainly an enjoyable comedic author. Mar 11, Karin rated it did not like it. I didn't read the whole thing--only to the essay where he writes about how he tortured a rat. I got so mad I tore the pages out of the book then tossed the book into the first trash can I found.
Sep 20, Courtney Maum rated it really liked it. Obnoxious but compulsively readable. Burroughs is pretty damn funny when he's not being an ass. Mar 16, Sue Smith rated it liked it Shelves: Actually - more like written self-therapy journal entries - which is probably the essence of this exercise!! So how did I feel about this collection of stories you ask?
So how di 3. So how did I feel about this collection. Well, it was a mixed bag of stories and my feelings were about the same. It was all over the map for me. Sometimes I was snorting out loud and laughing uproariously. Other times were just plain squirmy for me. The awkwardness was wayyyyyy too uncomfortable. The rawness was like flayed skin and some things were funny, but not really a light humor at all. Thankfully the end stories were the lightest ones and I was grateful for that. My favorite one was the one that this book is titled after - Magical Thinking.
I get magical thinking actually. Personally, I know it works. I can't tell you how many times I've thought of someone only to have them call me or contact me shortly afterwards. It's a weird feeling and I won't call it coincidence either because it's just happened too many times to say that it's not magical. I also believe in karma - the old 'what comes around, goes around'.
That is an absolute in my life too. So I've usually just let things run their course - the old 'let go, let God' idea. The trick is to know that it will and not worry things to death. I'm still working on that. Anyways, an interesting book with some uncomfortable spots and lots of great funny moments. Well worth the read. May 03, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this collection of essays.
I think Augusten Burroughs has a very clear, witty, engaging writing style, and I wish I could write with even a modicum of his humor. There is a great mix of the intimate and emotional and observational and confessional in this book. Burroughs is a thoughtful writer, who is also very honest about his own shortcomings and eccentricities. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, some cringe-worthy sections, and some thought-provoking essays.
Nov 22, Diana rated it really liked it. If you think David Sedaris' stories are funny, then you'll really explode with laughter when you read this collection from Augesten Burroughs. Author Augusten Burroughs has hit a home run again in this funny, sometimes acerbic collection of true anecdotes that reveals the dark thoughts we all sometimes have, and then carries them out to their seemingly insane conclusions These snippets are not presented in any particular chronological order, but begin in childhood, with memories about a Tang commercial, and lead us through the panicky drinking days and the one-night stands.
One of my favorites is Author Augusten Burroughs has hit a home run again in this funny, sometimes acerbic collection of true anecdotes that reveals the dark thoughts we all sometimes have, and then carries them out to their seemingly insane conclusions 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. Described beautifully in this excerpt: Everywhere there were mounds of foreign magazines, month-old newspapers, a thousand or more empty sixteen-ounce beer cans.
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I happened to live in squalor that was more than four-feet deep throughout the apartment. It could die and it could rot. And then there's the chapter on telemarketers, and how they call numerous times at night and repeatedly, with the "frequent urgency of dumped boyfriends. Well, read on and learn There are thoughts about almost anything that may have crossed your mind, but that you were afraid to articulate.
This author crams "Magical Thinking: True Stories" with all of those thoughts and more. As I turned the final, very satisfying page, I wanted "seconds. Five happy stars for this one! Jan 23, Robert rated it liked it. Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a "Magical Thinking" book too.
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. Is sex all that important? How many times do breast implants have to be mentioned, and why would a gay man care so much about them? It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in t Funny that he refers to Joan Didion in this book, as she had a "Magical Thinking" book too.
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It was still a funny read with more than slapstick, an apt commentary on a lot of twisted garbage in society, and succeeds in threading a story through seemingly disparate essays. Some essays do seem to reintroduce material you've seen before. Friend Suzanne is redescribed in such a way that makes me think the editing wasn't fully up to snuff. You get to see everything like an alien visiting earth, because you are. Separating the book from the man, it is amazing that someone even survived half the things Burroughs talks about.
Who would you be if you'd grown up in his size 13 shoes? Who knew that Catholic priests could be so twisted? And in spite of the focus on differences, we all share a lot of the human experience: I'm glad he decided to start writing, but I'll still be drinking Dr Pepper. Apr 18, Julie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: My favorite part of the book, and some of the most profound and prophetic writing ever: When he's working late and I'm alone, or sometimes when we're in bed together, the lights off, I try to make even a small list in my mind of his faults: But I haven't been able to think of a single thing that I am not able to first overlook and then come to cherish.
Even the fact that he sometimes loses things has led t My favorite part of the book, and some of the most profound and prophetic writing ever: Even the fact that he sometimes loses things has led to a treasured nickname: Because sometimes he misplaces things: But his face, when he sees that he's done this--where are my keys?
And we always, always manage to find whatever was missing. That's what this is. I love him, as is, fully. I've had to stop arm wrestling with the facts. Didn't I already have a big love once? So why should I get it again? I've had stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it's not as good a it seems. Because it's as good as it seems. Even when we fight we fight inside a container of good. Somehow, through a flip of the coin, I ended up here. Feeling like somebody at the top of the heart-lung transplant recipient list.
Damaged but invigorated and fucking lucky. Feb 16, Anita rated it really liked it Shelves: Burroughs is honest and I like him I have a hard time stomaching kids not receiving the care they need. The good news is that in the end Burroughs has received the "good" the world has to offer-- which makes me have hope. Here is an excerpt that depicts his wit, but also his honesty about his life experiences that have shaped hi Burroughs is honest and I like him Here is an excerpt that depicts his wit, but also his honesty about his life experiences that have shaped him.
Dennis would make a good parent. He loves to cook, and he does it extremely well. But this relationship contains two people, and the other one is unfit. I'm terrified of what sort of parent I would make. First, because I am startlingly self-centered. I require hours alone each day to write about myself.
It takes no leap of imagination to know that in our home, there would be a Sony Playstation in every room. And Daddy will give you ten bucks if you put it on mute. So I really have no wisdom to impart. If a bully so much as touched him at school, my kid would be armed with a stun gune the next day. May 02, Hilary D rated it liked it. What is disturbing to me is in the last week and a half I have reread all of his books, and I am finding so many discrepancies between the books.
One example, in Better Not Cry he says he ate a life size wax Santa and had to get his stomach pumped, but then in Dry he says " I had gotten my stomach pumped before after eating a wax Santa off the Christmas tree. I understand the Santa thing could've easily been exaggerated but that graphic detail about his sexual relationship with the guy, and then separately, It just made me feel betrayed lol, and annoyed.
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Has anyone else noticed this? Apr 14, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I'm really enjoying this book! I can only deal with a collection of short stories when they're about the same person; and in this case the main character of each story is the author, Augusten Burroughs. Who knows if all the details are true, i don't care. What is evident, and wonderful is that the stories are each little gems that i don't want to end.
Each chapter has wonderful sentences that make me run into the room where jason is, or poke him on the train, and read aloud. I also believe i'm d I'm really enjoying this book! I also believe i'm destined to have a gay son just like him, because I adore the character description of him as a flaming little boy fascinated by broadway, practiced monologues, and famous transexuals. I don't want this book to end.
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I am finished reading this book, and loved every single story except the story about him trying to kill a mouse trapped in his bathtub. It was way too detailed, and involved bleach, pesticide, scalding water. I didnt finish that one. Every other story was perfect, moving, and humorous. Dec 04, Alison rated it liked it.