After nine years with the company, the affable director of author and publisher relations is moving on, his wry honesty echoing in the industry: “The good news is that today everybody can publish a book. The bad news is that today everybody an publish a book.”
This non-dead Max Black ended up being very helpful. I engaged in a 30 minute Gchat conversation that spanned numerous topics of interest. When we were done, I had a new sense of clarity regarding the Lana Del Rey phenomenon, my own struggle with notoriety and the nature of existence.