From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book by Augusten Burroughs that explores how to survive what you think you can't. “The last self-help book you'll ever read.”. “Hilarious and searingly straight forward Burroughs. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. 1 user rated this ebook - write a review of This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book by Augusten Burroughs that explores how to survive.
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quotes from This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young. Every book Augusten Burroughs writes is a memoir, including this anti-self-help guide for the depressed, the confused, the unemployed and the. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More for Young and Old Alike is the eighth book by Augusten Burroughs. . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
We reexperience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced because we are recalling them in as much detail as we can. Because those are the most desperate people of all.
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I'm just saying this so that if you are this person, you aren't hiding it from anybody. There is no shame in being hungry for another person. There is no shame in wanting very much to share your life with somebody. It will never come. The holes will never leave or be filled with anything at all. But holes are interesting things.
Your future without the person you love is no future at all. Death is a head-on collision with your plans.
But everything in life--the gold fillings of your teeth, the cotton of your sheets, the air you breathe, all the food you will ever eat--everything there is was born from a collision. Inside every single thing that lives is a debt to a distant star that died. Nothing new is ever created without one thing colliding into another. And something new is created when the person you love dies.
Because they are not the only ones who die: The person you were when you were with them is gone just as surely as they are. This is what you should know about losing somebody you love.
They do not travel alone.
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You go with them. You must believe this. No matter what else you believe about life, you must believe in miracles. Because we are all, every one of us, living on a round rock that spins around and around at almost a quarter of a million miles per hour in an unthinkably vast blackness called space.
There is nothing else like us for as far as our telescopic eyes can see. In a universe filled with spinning, barren rocks, frozen gas, ice, dust, and radiation, we live on a planet filled with soft, green leaves and salty oceans and honey made from bees, which themselves live within geometrically complex and perfect structures of their own architecture and creation.
And despite the wild, endless spinning of our planet and its never-ending orbit around the sun—itself a star on fire—when we pour water into a glass, the water stays in the glass. All of these are miracles.
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Seriously, who among us is having a "Great! Who feels "Terrific, thanks! Anger and negativity have their uses, too. Instead of trying to alleviate some of the uncomfortable and unpleasant emotions you feel by "trying to be positive," try being negative instead. Seriously, try it sometime. This will help you get in touch with how you actually feel: "I feel hopeless and fat and stupid. And like a failure for feeling this way. And trying to be positive and upbeat makes me feel angry and feeling angry makes me feel like I am broken.
Sometimes just giving yourself permission to feel any emotion without judgment or censorship can lessen the intensity of those negative emotions. Almost like you're letting them out into the backyard to run around and get rid of some of that energy. A corollary to the idea that we must all be happy and positive all the time is that we must all be "healed. His death was not unexpected and I had prepared myself years in advance, as though studying for a degree.
When he died, I was as stunned as if he had been killed by a grand piano falling from the top of a building. I was fully unprepared. I did not know what to do with my physical self. It took me about a year to stop thinking, madly, I might somehow meet him in my sleep.
Once I finally believed he was gone, I began the next stage: waiting. Waiting to heal.
This lasted several years. The truth about healing is that heal is a television word. Someone close to you dies? You will never heal. What will happen is, for the first few days, the people around you will touch your shoulder and this will startle you and remind you to breathe.
You will feel as though you will soon be dead from natural causes; the weight of the grief will be physical and very nearly unbearable. Eventually, you will shower and leave the house. Maybe in a year you will see a movie. And one day somebody will say something and it will cause you to laugh.
And you will clamp your hand over your mouth because you laughed and that laugh will break your heart, it will feel like a betrayal. He tackles everything from the tooth fairy to doll-collecting innkeepers to lesbian personal ads in this volume, and the result is fairly even and definitely hard to put down once you begin.
Burroughs's greatest strengths as a memoirist are his refusal to fit into one easy box gay man, alcoholic, ad man, New Yorker, hypochondriac, compulsive slob and his ability to elevate reader curiosity using tone and plain observations. He somehow manages to lure you in time after time with his unique way of describing things that could have happened to anyone, but didn't--at least not quite this way. Burroughs comically documents his diverse experiences, from childhood and adulthood, using aspects of his character--his social isolation, slovenliness, and imagination, to name just a few.
Burroughs has excavated every crevice of his personal life for material. So maybe calling him a miner is more accurate.
Fortunately, his work is much more environmentally friendly. Burroughs is funny--when he's not breaking your heart. Burroughs's breezy, clear-cut writing style is perfectly matched to his subject matter: prose-y when necessary but highly conversational, fluid, and frank.If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail.
Augusten Burroughs. All of these are miracles. Lingering after an act of rudeness terrorism had been my whole point. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
It doesn't all add up to anything I would call happiness. The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
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