He had just flown back from Colombia and he was cranky. To find out what they think about the world around them at that moment.
And early on, it seemed that removing alcohol from my life would make the pieces of my life tumble right into place. My life was in some ways even messier than it had been when I was drinking.
And in fact my relationship choices seemed to be just as bad as when I was drunk.
Burroughs is 40 years old and shaven-headed - a considerate, modest man who appears initially unremarkable.
But the longer I spend with him, the more I get the feeling that the curious world he creates in his writing is not simply the result of his passive experience or invention, but another manifestation of a kind of vortex of weirdness that emanates from the writer himself.
What parts of his life he has not written about himself, other interviewers have strip-mined.
When we met for dinner at Lavagna in the East Village, I explained to Augusten this issue.Directed by Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, it stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Brian Cox and Alec Baldwin. He is a writer at that most intoxicating point of success - having demonstrated his extraordinary talent to People Who Read, he is about to become known to a far wider international constituency.Augusten Burroughs no longer eats dust, or boils his small change; he is no longer in the care of a woman who eats dog biscuits, and an adopted father who divines the future by examining his own excrement on the dining table."It's looking that way," says Burroughs, as we drive across his hometown of Amherst, two hours west of Boston.He apologises for having had to postpone this meeting in order to fly to Hollywood to attend the first screening of the film version of his captivating memoir Running With Scissors.At the age of 12, his mother sent him to live with a deranged, scatalogically obsessed psychiatrist; he was fed drugs, sexually abused and became a vicious alcoholic.