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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.


Mon 11

And now a gratuitous plug

Max Now I don’t do this very often, do I? That should count for something. The thing is, the excellent Aussie comedian Wil Anderson is performing in New York (July 12 & 14) and Montreal (July 21-23, 25), and if at all possible you should go see him. Then you should hang around afterward and say, “Hey, Wil, I’m here because Max sent me, and boy am I glad he did,” because you will be.

Wil’s a big name in Australia. He’s also one of the people I trust with my early drafts, which is why you’ll see his name in the Jennifer Government acknowledgments. If you like my stuff, you’ll like Wil.

Wil’s tour dates: Here.


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Chris (#816)

Location: Quebec, Canada
Posted: 5154 days ago

Cool! I live in Montreal. I'll see about going to see him. :)

Chris (#816)

Location: Quebec, Canada
Posted: 5154 days ago

Crap, $30? I don't think I can afford that. :/

Machine Man subscriber Kramy (#818)

Quote: ""it's the way of the future""
Posted: 5154 days ago

Where did you meet Wil, Max? I thought you authors were like mushrooms - kept in the dark - and not out making friends with real celebrities :) Seriously, I reckon it would rock being your friend - in a not like stalker way! So do you often go out on the celebrity circuit like all those big brother housemates? :P

Picto (#64)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? - Maurice Freehill"
Posted: 5154 days ago

Shame, I quite fancied that. Tell him to tour UK (Birmingham) :-)

Peter N.Bernath (#1041)

Location: Stockholm - Sweden
Quote: "Errr... Is that a tree growing out of your head? - Fallout 2"
Posted: 5154 days ago

So... When did you say he was coming to Sweden? No really, did I miss something? ;)

The thing is that I can't really say we have a lot of good stand-up in Sweden, and I think a good comedian could absolutely find some $$ tuck away all the way up north. Tell him to make a visit!

Sophie (#891)

Location: Devon
Posted: 5154 days ago

I read the articles on his site ... he's funny. I'd try to see him if he came to the UK (maybe not for £30, though, because I'm somewhat broke...). But judging by the picture of him on his site, I could offer him payment in kind and be his groupie. And comedians don't get many groupies, so I'd feel kind of charitable.
I do want to know what its like being friends with Max Barry though ... do you get to relax in the Aussie sunshine and constantly be amused by your witticisms? Because that could be fun. And I'd get to be surrounded by Aussie accents, which are almost as awesome as American accents.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 5154 days ago

I keep telling my friends they should feel special and privileged, but they don't believe me.

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 5154 days ago

Oh, so it's THAT Wil Anderson in JG. I figured he was just some guy, you know, not a real live TV star.

Makes you think though -- you tried to send up marketing by becoming Maxx Barry for a book (and got pasted for your effort by the humour-deprived), while Will drops an l and becomes famous, on TV and stuff. "Company" by Ma Barry. It just might work...

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