|Max, circa mid-1980s||Max (centre), Parry Sound Sportbike Rally, 2008|
|Max wonders what he's going to do with the door prize he won at the 2009 VRRA AGM.|
|Max, circa various|
|Max, 2010, after his first haircut in about 20 years.|
|A somewhat selective history of Max Burns|
|Most recent birth: December 18, 1948
Various attempts to postpone reality: I played guitar and a few assorted instruments in a band called The Original Dirt Banned, whiled away three years during the late 60s/early-70s at Ontario College of Art looking at naked young ladies (in the classrooms, in the hallsit was great), studied music for a few more years, hunked around, stumbled into a well-paying job for four years, quit that nonsense in 1979, moved to northern Ontario and began writing in 1980, a quasi-career which has gathered enough momentum to carry me through to today.
Todays reality: I am an author and journalist with a passion for words, humour, motorcycles, and travel. Although the topics of my written work vary as much as my interestsfrom searches for the best butter tart to motorcycling to the secrets of off-the-grid home sewage systemsthe connecting theme is that all have to be a fun read, simply because all have to be fun to write or they don't get written. Call it Max's Maxim, my guide for over thirty years (yikes!) as I enjoyed stints as a columnist, contributing editor, feature editor, motorcycle test rider, freelance writer, and author, the related functions often overlapping. My work has been published in six countries and four languages.
When not travelling or writing I occasionally get around to working on a nearly finished passive solar home that boasts a motorcycle and two-storey high tree in the living area, the house surrounded by bush and wetlands. I share this all this with a very understanding and long-time friend named Jackie, a miserable cat named Spook, and scads of wildlife (most of which remain outside, fortunately).
In addition to the books discussed on this web site (check out the signpost), other written works include (but are not limited to):
The Dock Primer, an informational pamphlet published by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Cottage Life
Collected works in which my articles have appeared:
Magazines in which my articles have appeared: