- Audio CD
- Publisher: SOUND LIBRARY (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792733444
- ISBN-13: 978-0792733447
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.2 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,508,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magical Thinking Audio CD – 2004
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Some reviewers seem to think the edge is gone, but I couldn't disagree more. Burroughs is able to make even the mundane fascinating--dealing with a rat in his bathtub, having a neurotic dog who has only ever urinated on NY concrete and can't handle the wide open grassiness of the new home in Massachusetts, dealing with a psychotic cleaning lady, talking to telemarketers, and trying to get his boyfriend to switch moisturizers. Burroughs inhabits a fabulous Magical Thinking world (in which the person believes he exerts more influence over events than he actually has), and he sucks the reader right into the rich and larger-than-life world.
Now that he's stable, I'd love to read more of Burroughs commenting on the ordinary, making it magical.
I've previously enjoyed Burroughs' work. (Sellevision, Dry, Running With Scissors.) So I recognized the first chapter, with the admen for Tang coming to Burroughs' school) as something previously published in another book. I feel a little ripped off when I invest money and/or time into consuming the same content in multiple works.
And then came the "Rat/Thing" chapter, in which Burroughs describes torturing a white mouse which was unfortunate enough to find itself in his apartment. As a citydweller, I know unwanted pests spread disease and nibble wiring that causes fires, and I sympathize with the need to exterminate the tiny squatters as necessary. But Burroughs seems to take pleasure in this -- detailing how he sprayed a can of RAID on the mouse, noting how the chemical burns dulled the animal's eyes and made it frantic with pain. He then filled the bathtub it was in with scalding water and, getting creative, started flashing a lightbulb like a strobe light in the mouse's face until it had a seizure and died. Y'know, I didn't think there was a way to make glue traps seem humane, but Augusten Burroughs found one.
This is comedy writing?
For instance, when Augusten writes of Dennis, he writes with such love and affection that, had there been an actual story to tell, I would have really enjoyed reading that. But, at least two-- maybe three stories-- were just about the author's intense love and affection for this man. That's okay and all, and I'm happy that the author has found happiness, yet it is a bit boring to read for the reader!
Additionally, there was one story where Burroughs steps on a baby's hand and moves away without explaining to the mother why the baby is crying. The mother thinks the baby wants a toy and scolds her instead of comforting her. Maybe this is funny to Burroughs-- who openly admits he's a bit of a cad and not too paternal-- but it's really cruel. And, although it might be funny if seen on Seinfeld, it's definitely not endearing and definitely doesn't arouse any empathy for the author from the reader. Neither does the cruel way he kills a mouse. Although the comments he makes after talking to a plumber WERE hilarious.
I wouldn't recommend this book, but I do recommend Running with Scissors and Dry. I am awaiting my copy of Selevision, as well. I haven't given up on reading any other books he comes out with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
kind of scarey, sociopathic behavior. this book was too disturbing to finish.
I would not compare him to David Sedaris, whose essays show compassion and understanding of the... Read more
Amazon recommended this because I adore David Sedaris' books. This guy is NO David Sedaris. Mildly funny, graphic (and awkward) sex anecdotes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once again Mr. Burroughs writing talents shines in this collection of stories that make me laugh out loud at times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Videobarbs
I've been in therapy for five years now. The therapist works at a chemical dependency center in a major teaching hospital. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven Warner
Love this book. Short stories that keep your attention and make you laugh.Published 14 months ago by Erin M Haleen
I love Augusten Burroughs. His writing is something we can all connect to in some way or another.
And this collection of stories is perfect.