“On a late-November day in 1983, Steven Levy, then a freelance journalist for Rolling Stone, got into a car outside 10460 Bandley Drive, in Cupertino, Calif.,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times. “As the vehicle sped away from the white office building, Mr. Levy looked at the driver and said hello to Steven P. Jobs, then the young, spry co-founder of Apple, who immediately responded with a voluble tirade about the magazine Mr. Levy worked for.”
“The interview was a rare and raw moment for Mr. Jobs, where he bared his true feelings on the record with a reporter,” Bilton reports. “While some snippets of the 11,500-word conversation were used in the Rolling Stone feature (which never did make it to the cover), until now, the transcript has been tucked away in one of Mr. Levy’s files. To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Mac, Mr. Levy said Friday that he was appending the transcript, which is ‘essentially unexpurgated,’ in an updated Kindle version of the book about the birth of the Macintosh, ‘Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Why an update version for Kindle? Why not for Apple’s iBooks Store? Perplexingly incongruous.
“‘I look at myself as an artist if anything,’ Mr. Jobs said. ‘Sort of a trapeze artist,'” Bilton reports. “‘With or without a net?’ Mr. Levy asked. ‘Without,’ Mr. Jobs replied, and then he said one of the more profound things in the interview: ‘You know we’re constantly taking. We don’t make most of the food we eat, we don’t grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]