Friday, September 5, 2014

Short Story Fridays: Pest Control

Pest Control
by Augusten Burroughs

From Possible Side Effects: True Stories


From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection yet.
This book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating.

In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy.
Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users.
This book has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this book, as have people with certain heart conditions.
Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you.
This text is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including---but not limited to---readers afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure.
Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.


I'd forgotten how hilarious Burrough's writing is. You wouldn't guess it by the title, but this story is actually about the tooth fairy. The story stars a very young Augusten and the trip he takes to spend time with his grandmother in Georgia. It's there where he realizes a loose tooth and hilarity ensues when he learns the story of the tooth fairy.

The story is short (true?) and had me laughing out loud. I can't wait to read more stories in the future. If you liked Running with Scissors, you'll like this short story. 


Read because it's funny. Do it. 

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