Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody

Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody

by Fake Steve Fake Steve Jobs, Daniel Lyons
     
 

Welcome to the mind, to the world of Fake Steve Jobs. Fake Steve the counterintuitive management guru: "Obviously we can’t literally put our employees’ lives at risk. But we have to make them feel that way.” Fake Steve the political hobnobber: "I can see why they keep Nancy Pelosi under wraps. Wacky as a dime watch.” Fake

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Overview

Welcome to the mind, to the world of Fake Steve Jobs. Fake Steve the counterintuitive management guru: "Obviously we can’t literally put our employees’ lives at risk. But we have to make them feel that way.” Fake Steve the political hobnobber: "I can see why they keep Nancy Pelosi under wraps. Wacky as a dime watch.” Fake Steve quoting friend/musician/philosopher Bono on road etiquette: "Tink about dat next toim yer cuttin off some bloke and you don’t know who it is, right? Could be Jay-sus. Or Boutros Boutros-Ghali or sumfin.” And on, yes, himself: "Geniuses have feelings, too.” In the tradition of Thank You for Smoking and in the spirit of The Onion, Options is a novelistic sendup and takedown of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C., as viewed by a central character who exists, to his immense self-satisfaction, at the crossroads of all three worlds: "It’s like in one of those movies where a guy realizes he’s got telekinetic powers and it’s just too bad if he doesn’t want them, he’s got them. Likewise, I have this gift. It’s who I am.”

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Jobs has never been skewered like this. Based on the once-anonymous "Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" that recently swept the Web, Options is razor sharp and utterly delicious: the best technology parody we've ever seen.

Here's "Fake Jobs" trashing the visual aesthetics of the iPhone circuit board ("There's no balance.... The big chip should be right in the middle, not off center. The two little gold pieces on the right should be lined up straight.... Come on guys, go back and redo this. I want it perfectly symmetrical."

Like the best parodies, Options skates terrifyingly close to reality, as when "Fake Jobs" expounds his management philosophy: "Hold people to an impossibly high standard, but don't tell them what that standard is. And fire them if they fall short.... Makes them crazy. And guess what? Crazy people are more creative." We don't know if Dan Lyons is crazy, but creative? Stunningly. Bill Camarda, from the October 2007 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815843
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/22/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Fake Steve Jobs is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction with something of an insider’s knowledge of the high-tech industry. He decided to use his powers for good by starting up the wildly popular blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” (http://fakesteve.blogspot.com), which created the persona and voice for this novel.

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