Emma Forrest

Dry, Augusten Burroughs

There is a long tradition of advertising copywriters who become authors of cultural significance, from Carl Sandburg to Don DeLillo to Fay Weldon to Salman Rushdie. A new addition to this roster is Augusten Burroughs, who first emerged with 2000’s satirical novel ”Sellevision” and more spectacularly with last year’s best-selling ”Running With Scissors,” a memoir utterly devoid of self-pity that detailed his bizarre childhood growing up in the care of his narcissistic mother’s crazy shrink and his encounter with a pedophile who essentially became his lover.

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