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Max Barry

Born 18 March 1973 (1973-03-18) (age 36)
Occupation Novelist
Genres Satire
Official website

Max Barry (also Maxx Barry; born 18 March 1973) is a contemporary Australian author. He says about himself that he "put an extra X in his name for Syrup because he thought it was a funny joke about marketing and failed to realize everyone would assume he was a pretentious asshole." [1] He also maintains a blog on various topics, including writing, marketing and politics.

Barry is also the creator of NationStates (a game created to help advertise Jennifer Government) and is the owner of the website Tales of Corporate Oppression. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter and worked as a marketer for Hewlett-Packard before he became a novelist.

In early 2004 Barry converted his web site to a weblog and began regularly posting to it. In the November 2004 issue of the magazine Fast Company the novel Company was ranked at number 8 on a list of the top 100 “people, ideas, and trends that will change how we work and live in 2005.” [2] Barry has recently finished writing the screenplay for Syrup, which was optioned by Fortress Entertainment. Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to Company, which will be adapted by Steve Pink. Jennifer Government has also been optioned by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section 8 Films. His latest offering, Machine Man, is an ongoing online serial that will be published by Vantage Books in 2011, while the film rights have been picked up by Mandalay Pictures.[3]




Short stories


  • Things Critics Do That Piss Me Off (2002)
  • Why Copyright Is Doomed (2002)
  • Succeeding In Business Through Marketing Fads (2000)


  1. ^ Barry, Max (Blog). ""The Bio"". Max
  2. ^ Lidsky, David (Issue 88, November 2004). "Fast Forward 2005". Fast Company. p.69
  3. ^ Mandalay wants to build Machine Man Variety. 4 November 2009.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Max Barry (born 1973-03-18) is an Australian novelist, short-story writer and essayist. His books include Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company.


  • Apparently we’re 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 don’t think anything of it.
    • October 16, 2005 weblog post[1]
  • When someone thinks, “I liked his last book, I’ll hope this new one is good” and shells out their hard-earned, I fervently want that person to be thrilled.
    • October 8, 2005 weblog post[2]
  • I think this is the first time I’ve altered a book based on what you guys told me. So it’s an occasion! Soon I’ll be putting up polls to choose between plots, and then it’s a short stop to accepting anonymous contributions and stapling them together while I sip margaritas on the deck of a Pacific cruise ship.
    • August 24, 2005 weblog post[3]
  • 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 you’re an author, you can tell whether you’re really nailing your opposite-sex characters. I mean, nailing their dialog.
    • August 8, 2005 weblog post[4]
  • 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.
    • Great Writing interview[[5]]
  • When it's done with being graceful and poetic, language is meant to communicate, after all.
    • Great Writing interview
  • I feel comfortably qualified to talk about anything, but that's a personal problem and I'm dealing with it.
    • Great Writing interview
  • 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.
    • Great Writing interview

Jennifer Government (2003)

  • "John here," the other John said, "pioneered the concept of marketing by refusing to sell any products. It drives the market insane."
    • Chapter 1, page 4
  • "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 — for generics, for Christ's sake."
    • Chapter 1, page 5
  • 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.
    • Chapter 40, page 138
  • "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?"
    • Chapter 40, page 144
  • John said, "You know what makes a successful executive?"
"Dude, I am a successful executive."
"Decisiveness," he said. The doors slid open. A man in a briefcase was standing there; he raised his eyebrows. John pointed the gun at the man's leg and squeezed the trigger. It was louder than he'd expected.
"Holy shit!" the kid said.
"Also implementation skills," John said, and left the elevator.
  • Chapter 45, page 168
  • 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.
    • Chapter 51, page 190
  • "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."
    • Chapter 53, page 202

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