Magical Thinking

Review by Willard Manus

Working in a way made familiar by David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs writes comic essays in MAGICAL THINKING (Picador) about his strange, offbeat, gay life--appearing in a Tang commercial in grade school, coping with alcoholism, steroids, personal ads, domesticity, uptight telemarketers and defrocked Catholic priests. Burroughs is consistently self-deprecating, outrageous and funny, but his targets are small and somewhat safe in this book, a successor to his bestselling Running With Scissors..