Augusten Burroughs

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    And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
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    As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations; I really wanted a normal little childhood. Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.
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    As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.
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    Because I've lived in one room my entire life, working at the same table that you use to pay bills at and eat at. It's going to be nice to have actual space.
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    Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir, I really want it to be true.
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    But I can also write in crappy motel rooms, while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chair.
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    But my favorite band is Curbside Life, out of Chicago.
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    I can't tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it's something I never felt a part of. I've always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.
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    I knew that if I wrote a new book every six months or every year, if I continued to read great books, eventually I would write something worthy of publication. I understood I might be in my forties or my fifties or even my sixties, but I felt confident that it would happen.
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    I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people. They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.
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    I love to both give and receive very old books.
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    I never listen to music when I write.
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    I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.
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    I think people tend to see the bigger point, which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you didn't have the childhood that you expected you would have, or that you felt lonely or struggled with drugs and alcohol or just that you were able to achieve your dreams.
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    I think writers tend to be experience junkies, and I think they also tend to want to be on the outside looking in.
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