Mon 06

Fast Forward 2005

Company Hey, now this is damn cool. Fast Company’s November issue contained their top 100 “people, ideas, and trends that will change how we work and live in 2005.” Coming in at number 8 is “Max Barry’s Company”!

What it is: A satiric novel due out next fall featuring a company “so huge that nobody who works for it knows what it actually does.” Stir into motion the angle-players, bureaucrats, and suck-ups after merciless layoffs. Let the follies begin.

Our Take: Barry’s cult novels Syrup and Jennifer Government established him as a gifted business satirist. Expect more informed viciousness about the hierarchies we endure.

I guess now I should stop editing the thing so it can actually be published, hey? (Just a little longer. Just a liiiiiitle longer.)


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Yenzo (#829)

Location: Secret underwater pyramid base in the Pacific
Quote: "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe (Carl Sagan)"
Posted: 5560 days ago

Good God, you even beat the conference room cafe and the desk-friendly food. That's a lot of pressure, you know that? What if people in 2005 say "Well, these edible finance reports are really something, I dunno how a novel could ever beat that"?

You only got one chance: Finish the book right away, get it published immediately and give it away to your fans for free. That'll do the trick. Trust me. :->

Coolet (#37)

Location: Goshen, Indiana
Quote: "Man who goes to bed with itchy bum, wakes up with smelly finger."
Posted: 5560 days ago

^_^ Awsome job...A! LOL

shalini (#717)

Posted: 5560 days ago

well done, that's a pretty good endorsement... now i might actually have to read one of your books :o)

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @:"
Posted: 5560 days ago

hrmm 2005? at #8 a novel by maxbarry?

doh I was thinking more like MAXIM: novelist max barry's wife Jennifer Jan 2005 spread...with scratch and sniff technology in the crease/centerfold.
just playing Max!
or I was thinking maybe
Max Barry coming in at #99
for his blog post: about a tip for joggers to plaster their nutsacks in petroleum jelly before running. (I am loosely paraphrasing).

Guess Not!

Emily (#609)

Location: New York
Quote: "When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt!"
Posted: 5560 days ago

Way cool for you! Good luck finishing, I promise not to get impatient (it would be hypocritical after all, since I can finish nothing). :-P

It probably will change the face of work, too. I know I'll never want a job. ;-)

Oh wait, nothing new. Heh.


Machine Man subscriber M.I.Minter (#347)

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Quote: "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
Posted: 5560 days ago

Why can't I preorder your book through your site? If I can, it doesn't jump right out at me and I shouldn't have to search to find it on the site. If I can't, then shame on you. This is a great market opportunity, the convergence of old and new media, leveraging your postition and bla bla bla. Even I don't like the way I sound....
Interns are a great way to find free labor to do this for you and I might even know some (wink wink nudge nudge say no more) who would be willing to work under such a morning person as yourself.
Keep up the good work and don't go all Palahniuk on us and start writing crap.


Scott (#354)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Quote: "Max Barry tastes like awesome"
Posted: 5559 days ago

Kicked the crap out of the PS3 even. How aboot that?

I think I speak for many fans though when I say that you should take as much time as you feel you need to edit and re-edit and edit again to make sure the edits you made are edited to editing perfection. Sure, I go through daily withdrawals of your material after reading Jennifer Government and then Syrup, how can I not? Still, if waiting the extra time means the best possible, in your eyes, book that can be read... I can wait. Patience is a virtue, and all that jazz. I'm sure many fans feel the same.

David Milazzo (#169)

Location: Adelaide
Quote: "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die"
Posted: 5559 days ago

This is a direct response to M.I. Minter, what crap are you refering to?

OK the travelogue sucked, and the Essay book was hit and miss..

But every novel has been pure brilliance !!!!

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5559 days ago

Ooh, Palahniuk flame war! Fight! Fight!

David Milazzo (#169)

Location: Adelaide
Quote: "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die"
Posted: 5559 days ago

Don't you have book to finish?

Paul (#104)

Location: Connecticut, USA
Quote: ""Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. " --Brazil (1985 movie)"
Posted: 5559 days ago

Indeed. Well at least not having read Syrup yet (I'm getting it for Christmas :D ) I can read that in the wait for the new book. Jennifer Government was my first Max Barry read, and Max, you can chalk up my discovery of it on NationStates (yay, at least one person bought it because your psychological marketing trickery (kidding Max). Loved Jennifer, from what I've read of Syrup I'll love that too...

#8? Pleasantly suprised, but you definitely deserve it!

Narain (#824)

Location: Los Angeles, right between civilization and a desert
Quote: "NI!"
Posted: 5559 days ago

They must be waiting as much as we are for it.

And as a personal pet peeve Paul, you didn't close your first parenthesis. It's going to drive me insane now. Hope your happpy (I'm kidding, sorta)!

Seriously though, take as much time as you want with company, but give us some hints here and there, because from what i've heard about it so far, it's either gonna be kafka meets the 21st century, or dilbert meets kafka. Seems kafka wins, but who is right??

Dryden (#840)

Location: Alabama
Quote: "Exciting Opportunity: This Space For Rent!"
Posted: 5558 days ago

There's the book's tagline: "Bigger than Dara Khosrowshahi."

It'll be huge with the kids.

Justin Holt (#147)

Location: Rochester, NY
Quote: ""
Posted: 5558 days ago

On a Palahniuk note,

The original manuscript for Fight Club is up for auction on Ebay (all proceeds going to charity) and already, not even a full day after it's been listed and with nine days to go, it's up to $1075.

Max, you better safe deposit box all of those drafts of Company that you're working on.

Becky (#835)

Quote: "Oh! I get it now!"
Posted: 5558 days ago

You guys, Chuck Palahniuk is awesome. As well as you, Max.

Leo (#846)

Location: florida
Quote: "Get up you son of a bitch, cause Mickey loves ya."
Posted: 5558 days ago

You should just release Company unedited along with the outlines and notes for the novel. Say it's a new promotional event where the readers get to edit the novel themselves. Ciphering through cryptic Max Barry footnotes and outlines? It'll be like the Da Vinci Code except the reward for figuring out the puzzle is a coherent version of the book.

I kid. Hurry it along though, I wont hold a few plot contradictions against you :)

Machine Man subscriber M.I.Minter (#347)

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Quote: "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
Posted: 5512 days ago

OK DAVE....Diary sucked HARD
Diary was a great idea with poor execution....kind of like a unified Europe or toaster strudel. And his travelogue and his essays (all of which were posted on his F*cking internet sight...good think I preordered it!) all blew..or at least were weak....better than most...but still weak for him....
Diary should have been a short story...and the main character's reactions were not believable and the pacing was off...and the book repeated itself over and over...he needed to come up with a few more themes...more horses to carry the story....he should have gone back to the Tuesday night writers group and had them read it first. They wouldn't have let him get away with the repetitive drivel he tried to pass along as literature.....that’s right I think it’s crap….like the second world war or delicate pastry in less than a minute….or like wasting my time on here. And Max…..quit teasing and publish the god damn thing….or at least let me pre order it…..OH yeah and why is there a book called Fukk on sale at amazon for like two hundred or so?


Ps sorry it took so long to respond Dave

Dinko Hristov (#1065)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: """No one is fool enough to choose War over Peace. In Peace sons bury fathers, but in War fathers bury sons."- Herodotus"
Posted: 5488 days ago


I'm used to waiting for new releases. My fave band, Def Leppard, is known to take up to 3 years to release a new CD. I don't hold that against them, since for me, it's quality above quantity.

So here's what I say: Take your time editing the new book. I can wait a bit longer. It'll be worth it in the end.


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