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Augusten Xon Burroughs (born Christopher Robison on October 23, 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American writer noted for his New York Times best-selling memoir Running with Scissors (2002), which spawned a feature film of the same name written and directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Joseph Cross as Burroughs. October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, P-Burgh, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Running with Scissors is a 2002 memoir by American writer Augusten Burroughs. ... Running With Scissors is a 2006 film directed by Ryan Murphy. ... Ryan Murphy is the creator of the hit FX television series Nip/Tuck, about two Miami plastic surgeons, played by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon. ... Joseph Michael Cross (born May 28, 1986) is an American actor. ...

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Biography

Burroughs is the son of the late John G. Robison, head of the philosophy department at the University of Massachusetts, and poet and writer Margaret Robison, who sent Burroughs to live with her psychiatrist's unorthodox family in western Massachusetts. For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... This page is about the university system across Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


He is the brother of John E. Robison of Amherst, Massachusetts


Burrough's books are published by St. Martin's Press (hardcover) and Picador (trade paperback)[1] Some of his childhood experiences were chronicled in Running with Scissors which spurred a June 2005 lawsuit in which the Turcotte family of Cambridge, Massachusetts, claimed various family members, particularly Dr. Rodolph Turcotte, Burroughs' former legal guardian, were defamed in the book, in the guise of the fictional, eccentric Finch family.[2] The family recently settled with Sony.[3]   Settled: 1630 â€“ Incorporated: 1636 Zip Code(s): 02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ...


Burroughs dropped out of school after sixth grade, obtained a GED at age 17 and secured a high-paying advertising industry job before leaving the field to become a successful writer. His writing centers around the fantastic and the mundane, which he delivers in a matter-of-fact style. In addition to Scissors, Burrough penned a second memoir, Dry (2003) about his experience during and after alcohol rehabilitation. That was followed by two collections of short stories, Magical Thinking (2003) and Possible Side Effects (2006). His first book, the novel Sellevision (2000), is currently in production as a feature film.[4][5] The GED, General Educational Development, or General Equivalence Degree Test, is a test that certifies the taker has attained American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. ... Sellevision book cover (St. ...


His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times, House and Garden, Blackbook, New York Magazine, The Times, Bark, Attitude, Out and a monthly column for Details magazine. Early in his career he was a regular commentator for NPR's Morning Edition. House & Garden (sometimes House and Garden, but the magazine uses the ampersand) is a magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. ... BlackBook Magazine is a US publication. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ... attitude is an award winning British gay lifestyle magazine distributed worldwide. ... Out is a popular gay magazine that focuses mainly on gay and lesbian fashion and upscale culture. ... Cover of an issue of Details magazine Details, a monthly mens magazine, is published by Condé Nast Publications. ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... Morning Edition is an American radio news program produced and distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). ...


Burroughs himself has been extensively profiled in People, The Guardian and Entertainment Weekly where he ranked No. 15 on the 2005 list of "The 25 Funniest People in America" and was named to that magazine's definitive "It List". The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 2005, Universal Pictures and Red Wagon Productions, bought the rights to a film based on a future memoir about Burroughs' complex relationship with his father. Burroughs is developing an original, hour-long weekly series for the Showtime network. Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ...


Burroughs lives in New York, New York, and Amherst, Massachusetts, with his partner of many years, Dennis Pilsits, and their two French bulldogs, Bentley and The Cow. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... NY redirects here. ...   Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. ...


Controversy

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In January 2007, Vanity Fair magazine published an article entitled, "Ruthless With Scissors",[1] alleging that Burroughs fabricated large parts of his memoirs, including details about his "electro-shock therapy". According to the family who is suing him, the electric machine under the stairs which Burroughs asserts he used on himself, was actually an "Electrolux" brand vacuum cleaner. "The book, says the suit, 'falsely portrays' the Turcotte family as 'an unhygienic and mentally unstable cult engaged in bizarre, and, at times, criminal activity. In so doing, the author, with the full complicity of the publisher, literally has fabricated events that never happened and manufactured conversations that never occurred.'" Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ...


Burroughs asserts that he has kept numerous journals which substantiate the claims he made in Running With Scissors. The Vanity Fair article states, "Neither the Turcotte family nor the lawyers representing them, [...] have seen Burroughs's journals. A request by letter to Burroughs from Vanity Fair urging him to produce the journals was never responded to."


Bibliography

This article is about the year 2000. ... Sellevision book cover (St. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Running with Scissors is a 2002 memoir by American writer Augusten Burroughs. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

See also

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Notes

  1. ^ Augusten Burroughs: Mad, brilliant and dangerous to know
  2. ^ Lawsuit targets 'Scissors' memoir
  3. ^ Sony Settlement
  4. ^ Sellevison
  5. ^ In 'Sellevision,' expect silly, not satire

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Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs: Reviews (389 words)
Perhaps it is Burroughs' versatility -- he can write about love without being cloying, he can describe being an alcoholic without being boring, he can write about his demented family without self-pity -- that makes him such a delight to read.
Burroughs portrays himself as a genitally fixated motormouth.
Burroughs is a very good writer; I'm shocked he's a high school dropout.
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