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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.

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Thu 22
Mar
2007

Travel Diary 2: This Time It Has Chicago

Writing So I’m going to do another travel diary. That was fun last time, and what else am I going to do in my downtime, dance around my hotel room naked and get drunk from the mini-bar? I mean, apart from that?

This will mean an increase in the number of emails you’ll get from here (daily-ish instead of weekly-ish), if you’re subscribed that way. If that will bother you, you might want to change your preferences now. (Unfortunately, no, there is no “Un-hear that sentence about Max dancing naked” option.)

[ US Tour Details Here ] <— (note change of venue in Milwaukee)

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Erin (#1296)

Location: Chandler AZ
Posted: 4448 days ago

I'm totally going to see you in Phoenix. I can't wait! Changing Hands is a really great bookstore, too... well-known for its awesome events and author signings.

Make sure you pack some sunscreen... :)

Yubi Shines (#1664)

Location: Canada
Quote: "HOPE RIDES ALONE!"
Posted: 4447 days ago

Try and get proper sleep this time around :P

And have fun!

James Travers (#1512)

Location: Callander, Scotland
Quote: "To make cheese penguins you need cheese and penguins."
Posted: 4447 days ago

Can't wait to read your diaries this time round, last time where fun. When are you going to tour Scotland???

Joe (#1379)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Quote: "http://hikerjoe.blogspot.com"
Posted: 4447 days ago

Any plans to tour Canada? (Thanks to Global Warming, it's not quite as cold anymore. :-P )

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 4447 days ago

Change my preferences? Unheard of...

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 4447 days ago

woo! I'll get e-mail!

Ez (#901)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "Feckitty Bollocks!"
Posted: 4447 days ago

You probably already know, but there was a review on COMPANY in today's Herald Sun's Weekend section. Have a lovely day! :-)

Stephen Atwood (#3007)

Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Quote: "I'm pretty sure my last words are gonna be along the lines of "careful, I don't think the safety's on"...Probably something like that."
Posted: 4446 days ago

Mr. Barry...

You put the word "Chigago" up right next to a picture of a typewriter, which makes me think "Chicago Typewriter", which is another word for a Tommy Gun, which is a Thompson submachine gun, which makes me have paranoid fears of some mad, naked, mini-bar scourging Aussie mowing down fans, which makes me scared, which makes my tummy make strange, elusive gurgling noises, which makes me hungry, which makes me run to the kitchen at six in the morning to pour Rice Krispies Treats (what else?) cereal, which means I have to pour milk in, which makes the cereal start going "Snap, Crackle, Pop", which sounds like gunfire, so I yell out and duck, which makes my room-mate charge in with a bat thinking we're being burgled...

Stop trying to kill me!

Celeste (#2590)

Location: St.L. MO, USA
Quote: "You can't child-proof the world, so world-proof the child."
Posted: 4434 days ago

I enjoying getting e-mail from authors, and listening to them talk. After discovering you by way of Nation-States, (and my teenager, who introduced me to it) I finally got around to checking out "Jennifer Government" from the library. (They don't have "Syrup" or "Company")

I'm going to apply to work in a bookstore, because I am embarassed, now, at all the reading I seem to be behind on. Hope you are enjoying your tour of our fine airports, hotels, and bookstores. Its got to be a unique view of the States, its one the majority of us rarely see. I have worked in more hotels, I think, then I have slept in.

You are an inspiration to anyone to whom it occurs to make a living doing what they like, instead of what someone told them they "ought to do".

One day, I'll be in a city the same time you are.

Thanks for sharing!

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