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Original Essays | September 17, 2014 3 comments
My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
Augusten BurroughsDescribe your latest project.
My new book is called Magical Thinking: True Stories.
A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution
of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror.
Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work." Dating
an undertaker who shows up in a minivan. This is the fabric of
Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are
universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that
shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical
Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear
Well, I chose a dead author instead of a fictional character because dead authors become fictional characters after a while. So, Ernest Hemingway. And I would tell him, "Ernie, you've got to listen to me. I'm from the future and I know things. After you're dead, Thomasville is going to create an entire line of home furniture based on your name. You need to stop this from happening, now. Someday, you'll be known only for your coffee tables and credenzas."
How did the last good book you read end up in your
hands and why did you read it?
What section of the newspaper do you read first?
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like
what you were born with, what sign would you change to