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28 July 2007 @ 02:19 pm
augusten burroughs = amazing  
if you haven't heard of Augusten Burroughs, then, please, let me introduce you....

He is the wonderfully gifted, talented, and hilarious writer of such memoirs as "Running With Scissors" (which was recently made into a movie), "Dry", "Magical Thinking", and "Possible Side Effects". He has also written a fiction novel named "Sellevision" (i have not had the pleasure of reading it quite yet).

PLEASE check him out. After you read, let me know what you think of him :)


((To those who *have* read Burroughs' books: What did YOU think of him? How is he as a fiction writer? What was your favorite book?))
 
 
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roseofmalice on July 28th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't read his fiction novel yet, but ALL OF HIS MEMOIRS ARE AMAZING!
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
True that!
the sky was dark, but you were clear: Rachlegselandae on July 28th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I read Possible Side Effects and I didn't mind it, but I wasn't particuarly struck by it. I usually find that with those humorous essay type things though... maybe they get overhyped, or maybe it's just not my style. (I found the same thing with David Sedaris... I loved one of his books and just didn't care that much for any of the others).

However, I didn't know that Augusten Burroughs had writen a novel... would be willing to give that one a try sometime. I should check it out.
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Possible Side Effects was probably my least favorite memior of his...I would REALLY suggest you give it *one more try* and read "Running With Scissors", I think it is probably his best.

I feel the same way about Sedaris, except I don't "love" any of his books- he just didn't really trip my trigger :)
the sky was dark, but you were clearelandae on August 6th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely should.

Yeah, I can get that... I don't know if it's just that those writers get a bit overhyped for me but I just tend to not find it that funny and the writing itself isn't appealing enough to me to pick up all the slack. I do have the feeling that if I re-read that book of Sedaris', I wouldn't be as fond of it as I was in the first place.
Angelmaye: Say Anythingangelmaye on July 28th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
What is a good place to start? Or does it really matter?
iz_factoriz_factor on July 29th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
The order is Running with Scissors followed by Dry, Magical Thinking, and Possible Side Effects. But I read it PSE, Rw/S, then Dry. So I don't think it matters too much.
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I started with "Running With Scissors", which I think is the best place to start because you get all of his background information in it, and he will reference people/places/things in his other memiors from RWS.
iz_factor: Bibleiz_factor on July 28th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
I love Augusten Burrough's memoirs. Running with Scissors has such a great novel. I never saw the movie in it's entirety but it just wasn't as gripping as the book.
I haven't been able to find Stellevision anywhere though. From what he said in his book he wrote it when he was drunk.
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I can't find it anywhere as well!! If you do, let me know and tell me what you think of it :)
kirby_x on July 29th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm nearly done with reading Running with Scissors.

I LOVE IT!
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! You should read "Dry" next.
Alien Girlice_cream_eyes on July 29th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
I just recently read Running with Scissors and Dry and I loved them both!
claire!michaelenebrause on July 29th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Those are my two favorites- they take me back to last summer :)
ruby tuesdaycolortheskyred on July 30th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
I loved Running With Scissors.
There were a few points where I was like 'hmm, I'm not too sure about this...' but I don't see how one can be a reader without an open mind. I thought, overall, that the book was a splendid memoir.
~*~MandyBaby~*~eyrehead247 on July 31st, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
After reading Running with Scissors, I have come to the conclusion that he is a TERRIBLE writer. I refuse to read any more of his books.

/rant
Alison: tartanalisondianastar on November 18th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
I thought I was alone in not loving him.

I don't think that he's terrible, or unreadable, I just think that's he's not very good. Something about the way he writes makes me not connect with him at all. He's writing about all these horrible things that he went through, and I just can't care about him.

I read Running With Scissors and Dry and both were a waste of time.