26 February, 2021

Stagecraft Was One Job

How an abrasive genius wisened up, learnt to respect talent and lead a creative cohort towards great things

Stagecraft Was One Job
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The question is, do we really need another biography of Steve Jobs? After all, when Jobs learned he was dying, he deci­ded to commission an ‘official biography’ of himself. And the person he selected was Walter Isaacson, who had earlier written a biography of Albert Einstein, which Jobs evidently considered appropriate credentials for the task.

Isaacson produced a biography of Jobs, which was highly acclaimed, even called ‘magisterial’. It was essentially a play in two acts. Act I: An odious but very talen­ted jerk revolutionises the world of computers, becomes rich and famous in the process, but finally gets slung out of his own company for being totally obnoxious. Act II: Ten years later, odious but talented jerk is invited back by the company to save it from extinction. He turns it around, and then goes on to give us a succession of dazzling products that tra­nsform the worlds of computing, music, telephony and publishing, respectively, making the company humongously successful in the process. He, however, continues to be totally...

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