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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
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Feb 05, 2009

A small breath of ennui chills the generally good reviews for Burroughs's latest memoir. His bestselling debut Running with Scissors and his follow-up, Dry, were met with excitement. But the strain of keeping the shtick alive is showing. Instead of the coherent narrative of his first books, Burroughs presents a collection of true stories that provokes shock, laughter, disgust, and pity in equal proportions. The cynical critics feel that he's prey to the psychological disorder of his title, trying to make himself more interesting just by thinking about himself. But his supporters__fans, really__point to his distinctive voice and the courage of his unflinching honesty as the continuing marks of his brilliance.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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