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Max Easton is a writer from south west Sydney with  work appearing in publications including  Mess+Noise ,  Sydney Review of Books ,  Meanjin, Science for the People ,  VICE   and  The Lifted Brow.   He is  the creator and host of the underground music podcast and zine series   Barely Human ,  and has played in Sydney punk bands  BB & the Blips ,  The Baby ,  Basic Human  and Romance.  His first novel   The Magpie Wing  was published by  Giramondo Books , and was longlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His second novel, a sequel to The Magpie Wing, is due for publication in 2023.  contact:  email  |  twitter Major Projects Barely Human Projects (2020 Podcast and Ongoing Zine Series) Barely Human is an underground music anti-history focusing on the evolution of the independent, DIY ethic from sixties counterculture to contemporary subculture. Beginning as a zine series in 2016 (issues on Randy Newman, Butthole Surfers, Country Teasers and Low Life), it was adapted int