This year I pitched Max Read over 100 bad stories. From January 10 to Dec 17, I sent Max Read 122 emails. Here are highlights from the worst ones I sent all year.

March 10, 2014

Subject: Congrats!!

April 15, 2014

Subject: Overpay
Body: [Confused, I tell Max I was accidentally paid too much money.]

April 17, 2014


July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 (new email)

Subject: America
Body: [excerpted]
-Who Is the Worst American
-Who Is the Best American


July 2, 2014 (new email)

Subject: column idea
Body: [excerpted]
okay so i had this column idea
and i know it makes sense
but i can't think of any examples
It'd be called Simple Questions


i dunno this is a dumb example but, where do the subway trains go

Max Responds: these questions are really dumb

July 30, 2014

Subject: ice cream ideas
Body: [excerpted]

-You know what would be the most fun thing I could ever do in my life? Spend a day riding around in an ice cream track [sic]. Shadow An Ice Cream Man (Woman?)


September 11, 2014

4:00 a.m. [long pitch email with many incoherent words and no clear end goal]
4:02 a.m. I started writing it anyway [1,000-word story follows]

October 26, 2014


November 30, 2014

Here's to 2015.