books: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

I’ve been talking about my self too much on this blog. The best way to cure loneliness is to be less self-centered. So in an effort to do that, I’m returning to my original goal for cmoonreed.com: write cool reviews of books, movies and music.

So here you go.

As you may remember, most of my books got sacrificed in my move from Arizona to Vegas. The few that remain are lost in boxes. So I’ve been limited to the books in my family’s guest room. Thus I started reading Running with Scissors a few days ago. I’m about halfway through.

The book is a dark confessional sold as a comedy. I can see how it would be considered funny in a David Sedaris way, but I’ve yet to laugh. Burroughs is successful in that he is able to remind exactly how scary it was to be a child. I don’t like reliving that feeling. And yet, I continue reading. This is maybe a trick on his part, but it works. (Full discretion: I hate dark, confessional memoirs.)

The author does happen to have a cool website that is a pattern for hipster stationary: http://www.augusten.com

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2 responses to “books: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

  1. Well….
    I actually quite hate the surge of memoirists these past few years. I believe it has led to a rise in amateur writers, with no concept of prose and its construction, commodifying their own sordid lives in the most grotesque sort of self-exploitation. They do nothing to further the art, but merely use it as a medium to sell glorified anecdotes. Augusten Burroughs is the most visible example of this.

    David Sedaris, though, attempts to rise above this morass and become a genuine humorist. And he’s pretty good at it. At his best, he might become Dave Barry in the 80s.

  2. I see your point. And I agree with the sentiment. But if it gets people to go in a bookstore and buy a book, then that can’t be a bad thing. These days there is a lot of competition for the selling of words on paper. Also, I think idea that books must be high brow scares off a lot of potential readers.

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