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Max Barry


Australian novelist, short-story writer and essayist.
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I feel comfortably qualified to talk about anything, but that's a personal problem and I'm dealing with it.
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John said, "You know what makes a successful executive?"
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"Hey, I saw this old British movie, all the people spoke so different, you could hardly understand them. But everyone here speaks American as good as you and me. What's with that?"




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"By this action, the Government has proved that so long as it exists, none of us are truly free. Government and freedom are mutually exclusive. So if we value freedom, there's only one conclusion. It's time to get rid of this leftover relic we call Government."
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Look, I understand that for a lot of people, the US is superior to their country of residence in myriad ways, but I'm Australian. We have it all: the weather, the beautiful cities, the brand of football that involves neither padding yourself up like Santa Claus nor standing in a line in front of goal and covering your testicles.
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When someone thinks, ďI liked his last book, Iíll hope this new one is goodĒ and shells out their hard-earned, I fervently want that person to be thrilled.
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Someone from the Internet Writing Workshop sent me a link to the Gender Genie, where you paste in a section of text and it uses an algorithm to detect whether the author is male or female. Or, if youíre an author, you can tell whether youíre really nailing your opposite-sex characters. I mean, nailing their dialog.
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Apparently weíre now in a state where most ads are full of people looking at us in a way that would heat us up down to our toes if it happened in real life, and we donít think anything of it.
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The easier your job, the more you got paid. John had suspected this for many years, but here was the proof: pulling down five hundred bucks an hour to sit in the afternoon sun on top of an L.A. office tower.
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Some people would break the rules to get things done and some wouldn't; it was simple as that. John didn't have much use for the latter.
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Corporations! It's like there are these gigantic monsters living among us, and we don't mind that they're monsters because when we look at them they smile and hand us cheeseburgers. That's nuts.




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"John here," the other John said, "pioneered the concept of marketing by refusing to sell any products. It drives the market insane."
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"I remember when you could always rely on those little street kids to pop a few people for the latest Nikes," Vice-President John said. "Now people get mugged for Reeboks, for Adidas ó for generics, for Christ's sake."
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When it's done with being graceful and poetic, language is meant to communicate, after all.
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I think this is the first time Iíve altered a book based on what you guys told me. So itís an occasion! Soon Iíll be putting up polls to choose between plots, and then itís a short stop to accepting anonymous contributions and stapling them together while I sip margaritas on the deck of a Pacific cruise ship.
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