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Augusten Xon Burroughs is an American writer noted for his New York Times best-selling memoir Running with Scissors, which spawned a feature film of the same name written and directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Joseph Cross as Burroughs. Burroughs dropped out of school after sixth grade, obtained a GED at age 17 and secured a high-paying advertising industry job before leaving the field to become a successful writer. His writing centers around the fantastic and the mundane, which he delivers in a matter-of-fact style. In addition to Scissors, Burrough penned a second memoir, Dry (2003) about his experience during and after alcohol rehabilitation. That was followed by two collections of short stories, Magical Thinking (2003) and Possible Side Effects (2006). His first book, the novel Sellevision (2000), is currently in production as a feature film.