C. Max Magee was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received a degree in economics in Charlottesville, Virginia, got married in Charlottesville, Virginia, and may soon move back to Charlottesville, Virginia. In the intervening periods he has made in Vermont, New Jersey, Maryland, Los Angeles, and Chicago his home. He has never lived in Indiana but has driven on its eponymous Toll Road many times, and gladly since its speed limit is higher than in adjacent Ohio.
The "C" in his name stands for Christopher. Since Max's father's name is Christopher and his mother's name Christine, it was deemed too confusing to call him by his given name, so he went by Max, which is short for Maximilian, from day one.
Max is aware that people find his use of the first initial "C" to be pretentious, but to him, it's simply a matter of accuracy. If people think a middle name is a first name, it wreaks havoc on one's public records and other such things. As a child, Max found the name frustrating because it was slightly odd, but he grew to love it for that very same reason. In fact, Max now loves his name so much that he would gladly use it for the title of a novel, had Michael Martone not already published an eponymously titled novel, Michael Martone. Max thinks that more than one such titled novel would be silly.
However, as a blogger, and thus prone to self-aggrandizement, he can see the allure of "getting his name out there" in this way. At the same time, blogging and joining "co-ops" like this one seem to suffice in that regard, as does leaving comments at other blogs and co-ops. In the spirit of this, Max would encourage visitors to contribute their own Contributor's Notes in the style of Michael Martone in the comments of this post or below the Contributors' Notes that have been contributed (and will be contributed) by other Co-op members. Don't be shy.