Nature of Read Max

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

Subscription to Read Max

Free subscribers will receive one newsletter a week. Paid subscribers get two newsletters every week. The best jokes will be saved for the paid newsletter.

Paid subscribers also get access to Read Max Reports, deeply researched compilations of writing, reading, bad charts, stoned thoughts, and terrible jokes about phenomena and ideas of interest. A sample of the first Read Max Report, on web3, can be found here.

Schedule of Read Max

⏳ Read Max comes on Wednesdays and Fridays, except when it comes on other days.

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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