Episode 38: Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs is my favorite holy ssdflkmsdfmschjberg I can't even type this without having to pee!


Augusten Burroughs is the author of ten books, including the NYT Bestseller-turned-movie "Running with Scissors," "Dry," which tracks his journey through addiction and sobriety, "This Is How," his unique foray into self-help and his most recent memoir (released TODAY, March 29), "Lust and Wonder."

In this episode -- which was totally surreal to record, with video on, for an hour, via Skype) -- he talks to us about his new book, moving out of NYC and his shapeshifting dogs, finding the capital-T-Truth, sobriety, the accusations that he bashes AA, marrying his agent and the day he started writing instead of drinking.


Lust and Wonder comes out March 29 and is Augusten's 9th memoir and 10th book.

Personally, doing this interview was a major Life Moment (I had to sit on my hands the entire time we were talking to tamp down my OMG nerves!). I first read "Dry" over ten years ago, adored it, and went on to read everything he's ever written. When people ask who my most favorite authors are, he's on the short list. When I want to laugh or remember what it's like to read the Capital-T-truth, I open up "Dry." Quotes from "This is How" are scattered all over my home, my journals, my Instagram account, my brain. He's played a big part in my own journey toward recovery, particularly in the earliest days when I was wrestling with finding the third door. In my deep struggling moments I'd hear his tough-loving words:

In 100 percent of the documented cases of alcoholism worldwide, the people who recovered all shared one thing in common, no matter how they did it:
They didn't do it.
They just didn’t do it. 
You can absolutely stop drinking today, right now.

...and as much as I hated him for saying it, I knew he was right. 

They say to never meet your heroes, but in this case, it turned out to be alright. It turned out to be amazing. OK! I won't keep you anymore...here he is.



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Laura McKowen

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