Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors❴BOOKS❵ ✬ Running with Scissors Author Augusten Burroughs – 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 Cl 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 sualor living with the doctor’s bizarre family and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed The story of an outlaw Running with PDF/EPUB ² 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.

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Running with Scissors PDF/EPUB é Running with
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Running with Scissors
  • Augusten Burroughs
  • English
  • 24 August 2016
  • 9780312422271

10 thoughts on “Running with Scissors

  1. Oriana 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 brilliant Stitches or what I consider the gold standard memoir Nick Flynn's breathtaking Another Bullshit Night in Suck City2 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 like the bonkers I Am Not Myself These Days about the accountant by day drag ueen by night who wears fishbowls for boobs and lives with a crack addicted boyfriend; or yes Running With Scissors3 Really brilliant writers who can turn a normal life into an utterly fascinating read like Sloane Crosley or Alison Bechdel or Lynn Barber or — fuck off haters — Dave Eggers4 Idiot people who don't write particularly well and who have or less regular lives but whose inflated sense of self leads them to write memoirs anywayRight? Any memoir you read goes into one of those categoriesAnyway about this book I totally liked it but I feel kind of lied to having seen the movie first In the movie everything was just reelingly insane but so over the top that it was funny and also it was light somehow and sort of fun In the book though it's all so much darker and it made me feel kind of awful for having found the movie to be so clever and cool

  2. Martin 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 writetalk 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 dissapointedFirst 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 jail every one of the characters for 5 15 years in a PMIA prison Debauchery doesn't disurb me in the slightest and I have a pension for books that provide plenty of shock and awe regardless of the legality Secondly the fact that such a gathering of mentally fucked people was not only allowed but encouraged disurbs me greatlymostly because I find that this is an unfortunate circumstance that can be found in any city any where in the world The truth of the book is what made me hate it Rather than having hope for the characters I found that I wanted to euthanize them all just to end their misery But hey three chapters of development and then putting them all down like rabbid dogs would have made for an even worse bookOn a final note SPOILER ALERT if I was expecting a book detailing the disgusting side of middle America horrendous images of mental illness gay molestation and multiple lives ruined from neglect and substandard care I might have enjoyed it and found nothing humurous or uplifting on how the author presentedThis might be a rare case where I don't bother to even give an author a second chance because of how bad this book was

  3. Scott says:

    She wasn't Let's paint the kitchen red crazy She was full on head in the oven toothpaste sandwich I am God crazyparaphrased but you get it

  4. Fabian says:

    I read this book in about four hours perhaps that's as good an encapsulation for the experience as I can giveI 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 psychologiesWritten in cute concise prose even if some jokes do not actually make you laugh but sicken you to the point of feeling truly bad for the preteen hero the entire account is enormously entertaining as is evident by the fast consumption of itThe movie is actually bad; despite Anette Bening the creator of NipTuck the film's director does not go to where this descriptively homosexual deeply self reliant misfit of a person goes

  5. Tina says:

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

  6. Will Byrnes 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 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 even color to this That he engages in an affair as a thirteen year old with one of the shrink’s adopted children a man in his thirties makes that a dark color indeed Augusten Burroughs from his siteWhile one may feel some sympathy for the author who had difficulties in school who was very much a free spirit who had a pretty awful family and had to cope with the ostracism and hostility engendered by his sexual inclination he does not seem like a person I would want to know Maybe as an adult he grew out of some of the destructive behavior depicted here One does not have to like the author or his character in a book to appreciate the work itself It is an engaging fast read and I was drawn in for the duration While Running With Scissors may be tough to swallow as pure fact based memoir I found that treating it as if it were labeled “a novel” made it all go down a lot easier EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal Twitter and FB pages

  7. Carol says:

    After digesting for over a month now I still feel this autobiography memoir beyond bizarre and beliefCan 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 ieYale? Hmmmmmpretty hard to believe and disheartening tooAnyway 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 off to live in the sagging pink house of her psychiatrist Dr FinchHis filthy wreck of a house is filled with his children adopted included and is open to virtually anyone else who wants to stay for a spell Most residents are a bit strange to say the least including a 33 year old gay pedophile who likes to eat dog foodWith zero parental guidance role models from hell and a continualdisgustingdysfunctionalenvironment of course Augusten's life was in turmoil; and if even half of what I read here is true it is a wonder AB made it out in one piecephysically and mentallyAs for the good doctorGood Lord An office visit includes a tour and description of his Masturbatorium that patients are invited to usethe crazy Doctor also believes in evaluating his own sht to foretell the future although of course he doesn't scoop it himselfand well the list goes on and on including the bizarre family bible dip predictions but you get the picture The smartest family member was actually the old family dog who decided it best to stay on at the original residence with strangers Wish poor Freud the starved cat COULD have followed his leadRUNNING WITH SCISSORS is #13 on the Goodread's Best Autobiography and Non fiction life stories list Read it and see what you think Didn't have a problem with EDUCATED read back to back with RWS but sure found this one hard to swallow Yikes

  8. Timothy says:

    Family settles with Running with Scissors author publisherBy Rodriue 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 WednesdayBurroughs and his publisher St Martin's Press agree to call the work a book instead of memoirs in the author's note and to change the acknowledgments page in future editions to say that the Turcotte family's memories of events he describes are different than my own and expressing regret for any unintentional harm to them according to Howard Cooper an attorney for the family He said financial terms of the settlement are confidentialThe family's lawsuit had sought 2 million in damages for defamation invasion of privacy and emotional distress It alleged the book is largely fictional and written in a sensational way to increase its market appeal and demanded a public retraction and an acknowledgment that Running With Scissors is a work of fictionAn attorney for Burroughs declined comment and St Martin's Press did not immediately return a call for comment WednesdayBurroughs has said the book is only loosely based on his lifeAccording to a statement from the family's attorneys Burroughs' new acknowledgments note will say that the Turcottes are each fine decent and hardworking people and that the book was not intended to hurt themThe deal comes 10 months after the family said it had mutually resolved issues with Sony Pictures Entertainment to avoid a lawsuit over a movie based on the bookWith this settlement together with our settlement with Sony last year we have achieved everything we set out to accomplish when we filed suit two years ago the family said in the statement We have always maintained that the book is fictionalized and defamatory This settlement is the most powerful vindication of those sentiments that we can imagineBurroughs formerly Christopher Robison lived with the Turcottes in Northampton as a teenager According to the lawsuit Burroughs' entire family was in therapy with Dr Rodolph Turcotte a psychiatrist In 1980 Burroughs' mother asked Turcotte to become his legal guardian so he could attend Northampton schools His mother still cared for him but he had a room at the Turcottes' homeThough the family in Burroughs' book is named the Finches the lawsuit claims they are easily identified as the Turcottes and that Burroughs identified them in interviewsEvents in the book which the suit claimed were false include the Turcottes' condoning sexual affairs between children and adults Turcotte's wife eating dog food and the family using an electroshock machine it stored under the stairs The lawsuit claims the book also falsely portrays a home in unbelievable sualor with a young child running around naked and defecating and old turkey being stored in the showers

  9. Michael says:

    Frenetic and sensational Running with Scissors explores what it means to endure a dysfunctional childhood Over the course of dozens of fast paced vignettes Augusten Burroughs recounts his unconventional upbringing his parents divorced his mother granted legal custody of her gay son to her eccentric psychiatrist a 33 year old pedophile living nearby soon started to prey on him Burroughs recollects traumatic event after traumatic event but a perverse kind of humor pervades the narrative which is sometimes funny but often disturbing and incredible The book fictionalizes the author’s biography making it closer to autofiction than memoir and much of it feels embellished While the individual vignettes are engaging the book lacks direction and structure and it becomes repetitive and tiresome if read uninterrupted

  10. Jason Pettus says:

    Today's review is much longer than Goodreads' word count limitations Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegallyI'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 since the early 1900s that we can now say If you want to consider yourself well versed on the subject you need to make sure to read this person and this person and this person This is a hugely important subject among intellectuals after all because that's what intellectualism is mostly based on in the first place; of that entire group of deep thinkers coming together and collectively deciding what is most important to their group of what most directly and profoundly helps any intelligent person understand what that group is all about And thus in the last year and a half have I been desperately trying to fill in the holes of such a canon in my own life; for those who don't know see I spent the 15 years before opening CCLaP not as an academe but as an actual working artist so mostly spent those years actually photographing and writing instead of reading and studying It's important that I fill in these intellectual gaps now precisely because I am trying to be a full time arts critic these days because it matters with artistic criticism just how much you know about the subject; and thus it is that I'm constantly having to admit these days to a woeful lack of exposure to this artist or that as I finally make my way through the first of their projects and talk about them here at the siteAnd that ladies and gentlemen brings us to gay Generation X memoirist Augusten Burroughs; because Burroughs is precisely one of these shining lights of the so called contemporary canon according to his fans one of those must read authors you absolutely need to be familiar with in order to understand the contemporary underground arts in any kind of sophisticated way whatsoever His work has previously always simply eluded my attention for whatever reason; before last week not only had I never read any of his books I hadn't even seen the slick high budget 2006 Hollywood adaptation that was made of his first bestseller the horrifically comedic comedically horrific coming of age tale Running with Scissors much less the four other freaking personal memoirs written since or the absurdist novel written before And whether you like him or hate him the simple fact is that my non knowledge of his work is a weakness for me as a critic and book reviewer; there are simply so many people familiar with his books by now so many references made in other literary reviews to his manuscripts that any decent reporter of the underground needs to make sure they're familiar with him for no other reason than so they're on the same page as other lovers of the undergroundAnd it's all this of course that made it even such a bigger shock than normal when I actually sat down and read two of Burroughs' memoirs his oldest the aforementioned Scissors from 2002 and newest A Wolf at the Table from 2008 and realized the following Oh my God Augusten Burroughs' memoirs f cking suck How can this be? any intelligent person will ask at that moment how can it be that these books have had so much praise heaped on them over the years when they turn out to be such weak excuses for compelling literature? Has there beenwhat a massive hypnotic spell placed over all the people who gush and gush about the stirring prose and fascinating storylines found within? Has the collective lack of education and anti intellectual stirrings of Neocon America over the last thirty years finally hit its tipping point with the American populace simply no longer able to distinguish good books from bad ones? Is that what happened? Or is it that Burroughs got in during the last gasp of an artistic movement that we now consider trite and passe exactly the Generation X house of cards I mentioned earlier and thus suffers the dated wrath of a veteran like Douglas Coupland but at a fraction of the time?Because let's make no mistake when the snotty pop culture historians of the future think back to these days and specifically the whole New Age middle class suburban Oprah Hillary It Takes A Village politically correct pink ribbon crowd they will think of Augusten Burroughs Because that's basically what both of these books are through and through from the first page to ostensibly the last; they are whiny victim oriented badly written semi made up so called true stories about just how bad poor little Augusten has had it his whole whimsically funny life of how every terrible thing that's ever happened to him is everyone else's fault but his own and how by the way all those bad things just happened to be poetically poignant and contained the exact kind of dialogue that makes middle aged suburban Oprah worshipping pink ribbon wearing New Age soccer moms swoon Nice coincidence thatAnd in fact that brings up one of the first and ultimately biggest problems I encountered with Burroughs' work when I tried to make my way through it for the first time last week; that it simply comes off as untrue as made up not exactly a lie under the legal definition of the term but definitely cutsied up so bad that it might as well be a fictional story Because see for those who don't know both of the books under review today supposedly cover Burroughs' early childhood among dysfunctional hippies in the let it all hang out 1970s a series of vignettes that he actually writes from the mindset and viewpoint of that particular age; so in other words if he's recalling an event from when he was five years old he actually writes it as a five year old would supposedly see it And in that manner Burroughs essentially gets to have his cake and eat it too; he gets to say outrageously offensive things about all the real people around him at that time in his life absurdly unprovable things that rely as much on magical realism asyou know realism while still having the convenient James Frey Oprahesue New Age excuse of I'm a writer and I'm paid to write about how something felt And this is how these events felt to me And it doesn't matter if what I say is exactly true or not not from a factual standpoint because they are factual accounts of how I felt at that moment or perhaps how I felt thirty years later when looking back on it through the filter of a mainstream publishing contract and looming deadlineI think it's very telling for example that his own parents freaking sued him for defamation when Scissors came out but that this hasn't stopped any of these publishing companies from continuing to put out put out put out yet another semi crap childhood memoir and yet another semi crap childhood memoir by him Because simply we live in an age where a huge majority of the American public can no longer distinguish fact from fiction an age where over 50 percent of all Americans believe that The DaVinci Code is a true story an age where over 50 percent of all Americans believe that The Secret is a true story And that's because our country's educational system has been steadily crumbling since the end of World War Two since the moment the US first started embracing the military industrial complex and first started diverting and of our national budget away from everything else and towards the military No one gets a decent education in the United States any critics claim not unless they seek one out as an adult as the theory goes; and therefore most Americans are no longer even educated enough to understand the difference between true and made up the difference between science and Intelligent Design ie Creationism with a new name the difference between memoir and sh t I pulled out of my ass that sounds all tragic and crap and that no one can exactly either prove or disproveAnd that's why earlier I said that I was only guessing at what was the ostensible endings of these books; because to admit the absolute truth I only made it about halfway through Running With Scissors before finally giving up and couldn't even get thirty pages into A Wolf at the Table without doing the same And seriously Mr Burroughs if you just happen to ever come across this review I understand that writers with uniue voices are easy to parody precisely because they have uniue voices but do you really have to make it so damn tempting as well?Me Pre natal What are these fleshy jail cell walls that hold me in so tightly? Probably the result of my mother of course the cocktail swilling fool I wish to yell at her wish to express my disgust at her smothering yet cold presence But then I realize Oh yes that's right I'm a fetus I'm not yet capable of advanced thought or human speech So why is it that I'm already so eerily attracted to the Six Million Dollar Man?UGH It's writers like Augusten Burroughs that makes me want to turn my entire back on Generation X in general despite me actually being a member of Generation X; it's books like these that makes me understand why kids currently in their twenties hate me and my friends so much of why they feel the desire to angrily vomit whenever the subjects of tribal tattoos or Pearl Jam are

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