Augusten Burroughs

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  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened Analysis

    1) I have never chosen to read a nonfiction book on my own time because when I think nonfiction I oftentimes think of something boring and dry. The ones I have read have been strictly informational and in general very uninteresting. However, I am excited to read a biography as as of late there have been quite a few I have wanted to read and I think I will find them more interesting than what I traditionally associate with nonfiction books. 2) I am reading the memoir Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I think a memoir can be desireable as it is a direct reflection of someone's experience which can be more relatable and raw rather than someone simply listening off facts and details. I think from reading a memoir one can learn more valuable lessons instead of facts as the author once again is telling their perspective and emotion on experiences. What is lacking from memoirs however is other viewpoints and information all together as the authors experience would be completely different from someone else's in the same situation. In this sense the actual information coming from the story could be considered less reliable and more for entertainment. 3) Autobiography- Autobiographies are desirable as they give a reader a first hand view of an event with reliable facts and details. Autobiographies can teach someone about an event with accurate and descriptive information however would lack any emotional connection to the event which may make it less interesting to…

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  • Characterization Of Animals In Jack London's The Call Of The Wild

    short amount of time to confer. Once they were done, they did, in fact, perform a new trick that they had created in that time. (“How Smart Are Animals?”) The dolphins’ ability to work together toward a common goal shows that dogs, too, can work together towards the goal of driving the sled without being forced because of a shared desire to do so. Although Jack London should not be considered a “nature faker,” there is evidence to the contrary. It can be said that animals are not truly…

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  • Lord Of The Apes Movie Analysis

    B. One important theme does arise during this juggle adventure such as the seemingly obvious; racism. Tarzan originated from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1914 novel “Tarzan of the Apes.” When he first meets Jane, he declares that “This is the house of Tarzan, the killer of beasts and many black men” (). Since his origin, Tarzan became a symbol of “adventure and athleticism, but most adaptations were steeped in the paternalistic idea that it takes a white man to save Africa” (). Those ideals are…

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  • The 1950's: The Beat Generation

    that was forming post World War II. The Beats were a group of writers that opposed conventional writing, spoke about issues regarding race, sex, and class, and rejected many cultural principles that was happening post war. The Origin of the Beats was in 1943, Allen Ginsberg meets Lucien Carr at Columbia University. Carr introduces Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. From there, the Beat Generation arises and their movement was faced with criticism along the way. The Beats received…

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  • Running With Scissors

    order not to fall.” (247) The memoir Running with Scissors chronicles the childhood trials and tribulations of the author, Augusten Burroughs. After being abandoned by his poet-wannabe mother and left with her unorthodox therapist, named Dr. Finch, and his off-color family, Burroughs finds himself amid uncontrollable squalor that gives way to an eccentric childhood with no rules. This hilariously funny story bravely tackles various controversial topics, such as sexuality and mental illness and…

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  • Summary Of Look Me In The Eye By John Elder Robison

    Robison then responds to the question by telling the audience that autistic people inspire him to get out there and speak to the public. He also makes a reference to his brother Augusten Burroughs’ 2002 book Running with Scissors which discusses Burroughs’ life story. Robison then believed that when people read this book, people would probably never talk to him again. However, they were so inspired by it, and Robison talked to people who were abused and discovered the special education program…

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