comes from the David Sedaris school of confessional book-writing, but Burroughs comes from an even more fucked-up family. As chronicled in three best-selling memoirs, Burroughs' childhood featured a drunken mom, an indifferent dad, and a feces-inspecting surrogate father, who also happened to be Mom's shrink. No wonder he ended up a sardonic alcoholic, detailed in the poignant but gut-busting Dry. "I don't want to write about myself forever," says Burroughs. "I know the end of every book before I even write the first word. I know exactly what's going to happen, because I already lived through it."
The movie version of Burroughs' breakthrough, Running With Scissors, just hit theaters, and it doesn't skimp on the book's most harrowing and hilarious parts including Burroughs' affair, when he was 13, with the 33-year-old son of his mom's psychiatrist. "It's a surreal experience watching a movie of your life," he says. "It was such a relief that it doesn't suck."
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