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Augusten Burroughs Quotes & Sayings
30 entries tagged including 6 subtopics.
Last updated Jun 2021
Augusten Burroughs Topics
Your mind is like an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone.
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
With my own memoirs, they are truthful, and I write everything fully expecting to some day end up televised on Court TV, and I'm fully prepared to be challenged legally on it.
When people meet me, many times they're very surprised because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City, and I'm not.
There's never a false note in a Berg novel.
The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
Once I decided to write, to be published, I knew it would happen.
My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father, basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective.
My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.
Marriage is overdone. As long as there are people, people are going to find it interesting.
I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.
I'm like the guy who prepares your taxes or a dentist. I'm very conservative and boring in a lot of ways.
I'm always prepared for the worst. I was prepared to have the book come out, sell seven copies, and have to keep working in advertising, so it was just great that it was received so well and by such a huge audience.
I was on the cover of a lot of newspapers. I was on the cover of USA Today for every single day for a month. I was on the masthead, so I tend to get recognized a lot, and in weird places. It's always flattering, and it's always odd. It's always at the worst possible time.
I was in advertising for years. That was cushy, you know? It's pretty cushy in a lot of ways, but I hated it.
I think writers tend to be experience junkies, and I think they also tend to want to be on the outside looking in.
I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.
I never listen to music when I write.
I love to both give and receive very old books.
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