Read Max is a weeklyish newsletter about the future by the award-winning1 journalist Max Read. It is an idiosyncratic and sometimes funny guide to new and forward-looking ideas, trends, and networks in tech, politics, culture, and media.

Topics may include but are not limited to

✅ the internet

✅ the tech industry

✅ the 90s

deep forum lore

✅ action movies

conspiracy theories

✅ digital culture

✅ the political economy of science fiction franchises

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Biographical note

📝 Max is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in New York magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and Bookforum. He is also a former editor-in-chief of Gawker and a co-founder of IRL Club. His essay “Going Postal” was selected by Kathryn Schultz for republishing the Best American Essays 2021. He lives in New York.


"Best Personal Tumblr 2011,” awarded by The Village Voice in 2011


Max Read
Winner, Village Voice "Best Tumblr" Award, 2011