Despite the iPad, Steve Jobs will die someday
Having procured an iPad this weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple computers. I spent time thinking about Jobs on my couch, in my reclining chair, in bed, and even (yes) in the bathroom -- everywhere I took my new iPad. I also spent a fair bit of time reading about Steve Jobs. Just about every publication in the U.S. had something to say about Jobs, or Apple, or the future of computing. As far as I can tell, Jobs gave one interview in preparation for launch day -- this Time magazine story written by actor and writer Stephen Fry, who claims to have been the second person in Britain to own a Mac.
I dug up something else: A profile of Jobs from two years ago by Esquire writer Tom Junod. Tough job Junod had. The famously hard-to-interview Jobs declined Junod's offer to chat, but that didn't stop the longtime Esquire writer from penning a brutally honest portrait that contains one heck of a first sentence and these delicious lines: "Steve Jobs has become Steve Jobs by doing what nobody else has done before -- by treating computers not just as tools but as mirrors, by making technology not just the engine but the emblem of transcendence. One day, however, he will have to do what everybody else has done before, and will wind up demonstrating what it's like to be mortal, even in the age of the beautiful machine."
The story is a great read, and it flows even more nicely on my iPad.
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