Running with Scissors

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Running with Scissors
  • Augusten Burroughs
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 031242227X

About the Author: Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in 1999 But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a Augusten Burroughs born Christopher Robison, son of poet and writer Margaret Robison and younger brother of John Elder Robison.Burroughs has no formal education beyond elementary school A very successful advertising copywriter for over seventeen years, he was also an alcoholic who nearly drank himself to death in 1999 But spurned by a compulsion he did not understand, Burroughs began to write a novel Never outlining or consciously structuring the book, Burroughs wrote, as fast as I could type, to keep up Seven days later, Augusten Burroughs had written his first book He had also stopped drinking The book was published one year later Burroughs remains sober to this day And Sellevision stands as Burroughs s only published novel It is currently in development as a feature film.Augusten s second book was a memoir It was also a publishing phenomenon that helped to ignite a kind of memoir fever in America and abroad Running with Scissors was released in 2001 to virtually unanimous critical acclaim The memoir would ultimately remain on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years, eight months of which were spent in the 1 position The film, starring Annette Benning, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh and Alec Baldwin was released in 2005.He has since published four additional autobiographical volumes Dry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and A Wolf at the Table , all of them bestsellers Currently published in over thirty countries, Augusten s book readings have become massively popular events on numerous continents He has also headlined for the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, most recently the 2008 Melbourne writer s Festival, where he and Germaine Greer delivered the keynote addresses on opening night In addition, Burroughs speaks regularly at colleges and universities on topics ranging from alcoholism and sexual abuse to the art of authoring one s own life and humor as serious medicine.Twice honored by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 funniest people in America, Burroughs shocked fans and the media alike with the release of A Wolf at the Table in early 2008 The brutal, terrifying and decidedly unfunny book instantly generated a storm of publicity and controversy Critics were deeply divided, and the book received some of the worst and best reviews of the author s career The book tour for A Wolf at the Table, spanned some six months and four countries, as Augusten performed for the largest crowds of his career A Wolf at the Table is Augusten s bestselling hardcover to date.While critics continue to challenge the veracity of Burroughs s books, questioning everything from his alcoholism and advertising career to his earliest childhood memories, the author remains nonplussed, even philosophical To be a journalist with a major American newspaper or magazine, you have to have an A list college education And to get into that A list college, you had to do very well in the right high school So the chances are, you were not being fucked up the ass at age twelve by a pedophile The facts of my life are generally questioned by extremely privileged and well educated people who,likely than not, learned most of what they know about life s dangerous, shocking and sometimes unbelievable underbelly from books, television and the occasional Quentin Tarrantino film The reason my books continue to sell, despite frequently being dismissed as unbelievable, is because the people who read my books recognize the truth that is in them They know the scent They have smelled it The very details the media view with such suspicion are the same details that prove to my reader, this guy was there I remember that, too


Running with Scissors The True Story Of An Outlaw Childhood Where Rules Were Unheard Of, The Christmas Tree Stayed Up All Year Round, Valium Was Consumed Like Candy, And If Things Got Dull An Electroshock Therapy Machine Could Provide Entertainment.Running With Scissors Is The True Story Of A Boy Whose Mother A Poet With Delusions Of Anne Sexton Gave Him Away To Be Raised By Her Unorthodox Psychiatrist Who Bore A Striking Resemblance To Santa Claus So At The Age Of Twelve, Burroughs Found Himself Amidst Victorian Squalor Living With The Doctor S Bizarre Family, And Befriending A Pedophile Who Resided In The Backyard Shed The Story Of An Outlaw Childhood Where Rules Were Unheard Of, And The Christmas Tree Stayed Up All Year Round, Where Valium Was Consumed Like Candy, And If Things Got Dull An Electroshock Therapy Machine Could Provide Entertainment The Funny, Harrowing And Bestselling Account Of An Ordinary Boy S Survival Under The Most Extraordinary Circumstances.

10 thoughts on “Running with Scissors

  1. says:

    I talk about this all the time, so here, definitively, is my explanation of the four categories of memoir 1 People who have had seriously interesting crazy lives, and who also happen to be terrific writers, able to render their stories in a compelling, original way like David Small s brilliantStitches , or what I consider the gold standard memoir, Nick Flynn s breathtakingAnother Bullshit Night in Suck City .2 People whose lives are interesting crazy enough that it really doesn t ma I talk about this all the time, so here, definitively, is my explanation of the four categories of memoir 1 People who have had seriously interesting crazy lives, and who also happen to be terrific writers, able to render their stories in a compelling, original way like David Small s brilliantStitches , or what I consider the gold standard memoir, Nick Flynn s breathtakingAnother Bullshit Night in Suck City .2 People whose lives are interesting crazy enough that it really doesn t matter how well they write, because theirs will necessarily be a compelling, original book just based on subject matter likeI Am Not Myself These Days , about the accountant by day, drag queen by night, who wears fishbowls for boobs and lives with a crack addicted boyfriend or, yes,Running With Scissors .3 Really brilliant writers who can turn a normal l...

  2. says:

    I found this book profoundly disturbing and torturous to read I understand that it is cleansing and theraputic for those that have been traumitized to write talk aobut their problems to help with the healing process There are very few things that my ironclad stomach can t suffer and my brain is developed enough to handle even the most shocking of situations This book tested my patience from begining to end and in the end I was very dissapointed.First off, from reviews and the book cover I was I found this book profoundly disturbing and torturous to read I understand that it is cleansing and theraputic for those that have been traumitized to write talk aobut their problems to help with the healing process There are very few things that my ironclad stomach can t suffer and my brain is developed enough to handle even the most shocking of situations This book tested my patience from begining to end and in the end I was very dissapointed.First off, from reviews and the book cover I was given the impression that regardless of the contents within that this was a humurous look at this parcitular authors teenage years What I found instead were rampant displays of sloth, decay and enough illegal activities to ...

  3. says:

    She wasn t Let s paint the kitchen red crazy She was full on head in the oven, toothpaste sandwich, I am God crazy..paraphrased, but you get it..

  4. says:

    I read this book in about four hours maybe that s as good an encapsulation of the experience as I can give.I like the eccentric, non plot driven memoir that sounds too strange to be true and because it exists, because it ACTUALLY happened unlike you, James Frey , it merits thoughts about American families in addition to the ironies of self obsessed psychologies.Written in cute concise prose, even if some jokes do not actually make you laugh but sicken you to the point of feeling tru I read this book in about four hours maybe that s as good an encapsulation of the exper...

  5. says:

    I learned, along with the rest of my reading group, that running with scissors is preferable to reading this book.

  6. says:

    After digesting for over a month now, I still feel this autobiography memoir beyond bizarre and belief.Can all of it really be true Can I believe the doctor depict herein holds a medical degree from one of the most prestigious universities in America, i.e..Yale Hmmmmm.pretty hard to believe, and disheartening too.Anyway, it s the 1970 s and all hell breaks loose when 12 year old Augusten s disturbed poetry writing mother and alcoholic father divorce and mother dear ultimately sends him After digesting for over a month now, I still feel this autobiography memoir beyond bizarre and belief.Can all of it really be true Can I believe the doctor depict herein holds a medical degree from one of the most prestigious universities in America, i.e..Yale Hmmmmm.pretty hard to believe, and disheartening too.Anyway, it s the 1970 s and all hell breaks loose when 12 year old Augusten s disturbed poetry writing mother and alcoholic father divorce and mother dear ultimately sends him ...

  7. says:

    Family settles with Running with Scissors author, publisherBy Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer August 29, 2007BOSTON A family that claimed author Augusten Burroughs defamed them in his best selling book Running with Scissors has settled a lawsuit against the author and his publisher, their attorney said Wednesday.Burroughs and his publisher, St Martin s Press, agree to call the work a book instead of memoirs, in the author s note and to ch...

  8. says:

    Today s review is much longer than Goodreads word count limitations Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally I ve mentioned here regularly the entire idea of there being an underground arts canon that is, that just like the academic community, what we call the modern cutting edge arts has now been around long enough arguably Today s review is much longer than Goodreads word count limitations Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally I ve mentioned here regularly the entire idea of there being an underground arts canon that is, that just like the academic community, what we call the modern cutting edge arts has now be...

  9. says:

    Burroughs offers a book that is supposedly a memoir If so, then truth is definitely stranger than fiction Let s say I am skeptical If you thought you had a tough adolescence a look at Burroughs tale will put your experience into a little perspective He grew up in western Massachusetts to a mother who was probably bi polar, in what seems like ground zero for inappropriate behavior She was seeing a peculiar psychiatrist who had a fondness for having patients come to live at his home, a chaot Burroughs offers a book that is supposedly a memoir If so, then truth is definitely stranger than fiction Let s say I am skeptical If you thought you had a tough adolescence a look at Burroughs tale will put your experience into a little perspective He grew up in western Massachusetts to a mother who was probably bi polar, in what seems like ground zero for inappropriate behavior She was seeing a peculiar psychiatrist who had a fondness for having patients come to live at his home, a chaotic household that was a combination of You Can t Take it With You and the Addams Family Augusten s mother, unable to cope, essentially gives her son to the shrink That Augusten was gay adds evencolor to ...

  10. says:

    It has been said that Truman Capote s last book, Answered Prayers, cost him the friendship of almost everyone he knew at that time in his life, and it has even been speculated that this contributed to his demise He had mined the personal secrets and character flaws of those around him for literary gold, and most probably embellished as brilliant authors often do The characters were apparently easily correlated to their real life counterparts.And so, things haven t changed all that much Augu It has been said that Truman Capote s last book, Answered Prayers, cost him the friendship of almost everyone he knew at that time in his life, and it has even been speculated that this contributed to his demise He had mined the personal secrets and character flaws of those around him for literary gold, and most probably embellished as brilliant authors often do The characters were apparently easily correlated to their real life counterparts.And so, things haven t changed all that much Augusten Burroughs has recently settled a lawsuit with the Turcotte family, referred to as the Finches, in Running with Scissors, for defamation, invasion of privacy, and emotional distress This is due to events in the book claiming that the Turcottes advocated sex between children and ad...

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