Saturday, March 19, 2011


Augusten Burroughs is a professional memoirist-- perhaps you know his childhood house of horrors, Running with Scissors, which was made into an even more nightmarish film. Dry is about several things in the life of this 20-something gay man living in New York (of course), but mostly it's about being a drunk and treating your friends less than well (especially the dying one, infelicitiously named "Pighead"). (See my blog about Bill Clegg below, then cut and paste here-- would that all addicts made $200,000 a year and could afford stay-in rehab at a cool $13,000 a week.) The problem is that we don't much care about Augusten in the end, which of course is faux-hopeful (as the recovery genre demands). His family sued him after Running with Scissors, I'm told. Got the picture?