This is Max Mitchell. Max was the 2006 summer intern at Scriptype Publishing where I have edited The BroadView Journal for about five years. I am leaving the post, which I will surely miss, but the time has come to broaden my freelance career.
Now then, onto Max. I really like Max. Read pages 34 and 35 on this pdf version of the September 2006 Issue of The BroadView Journal and you will too.
Here is an excerpt from the excellent essay referenced above:
"All the editors continue to confuse me by sitting right next to me and then talking to themselves under their breath. Depending on the editor they usually either burst into song, or give me updates on their progress with phrases like, 'Now we’re cooking with gas!'"
Surely, Max was not talking about me in this excerpt. Because had Max said something about me, it would have been, "Erin O'Brien was a sterling example of a brilliant journalist and she is really cool despite the way she constantly asked about my ties and described my shirts as being 'George Bush blue.'" Plus, I don't sing loud enough for anyone to hear me.
And another excerpt:
"The second thing I learned inadvertently from Anne Coulter. She came to Syracuse University for a speech, which I attended with my likewise politically purple friends. When the columnist was asked about what she would do to help either the economic or social decline of small towns, she bluntly answered that she knew nothing about small towns and that she couldn’t answer the question."
I reference this because it is evidence that Max has what it takes to become a fine writer. He brilliantly, subtlely and without intrusion, exposes Coulter for what she is while telling his story. It is an eloquent aside, adeptly handled.
I do believe we will be hearing from Max Mitchell. Whether or not he learned anything from me this summer, I couldn't say. I surely learned a thing or two from him.
Important Max Facts
Date of Birth: December 27, 1985 (The very month and year when I could have been Miss December had I only tried harder).
Breakfast: A bagel with melted cheddar and hot sauce (which is, ironically, one of my favorite breakfast selections. I enjoyed one this very morning.)
Books designated as notable by Max: Dune, Bonfire of the Vanities.
Movies designated as notable by Max: Repo Man, Strangers with Candy.
Television shows designated as notable by Max: Rescue Me, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Maximum Toothpaste: Colgate.
Maximum Music: James Brown's Greatest Hits, Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan.
Max Right now: In Spain as a University of Syracuse student overseas.
Max Major: Journalism.
Newspapers: New York Times, USA Today.
Maximum Hair Care Product: "Pantene Pro V is the only one that really works."