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Monday, November 14, 2011
Jennifer Egan ‘Had Exuberant Debates’ With Steve Jobs About His “Zen Credo”

image“Ever since Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs hit the mediasphere with hurricane-level force,” wrote Jennifer Schuessler in The New York Times, “blogs have been buzzing about the revelation that the one book the tech visionary kept on his iPad 2 was Autobiography of a Yogi.”

“But far less has been made of another startling literary revelation: that Jobs once had a relationship with the future Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan.

According to Isaacson (who lands at No. 1 this week), Jobs met a pretty blond Penn undergraduate identified simply as “Jennifer Egan” at a dinner party in Silicon Valley in 1983, and fell madly in love. A yearlong bicoastal affair ensued, though weekends at the Carlyle in New York are nothing next to the night, sure to cause deep envy in the hearts of nerd-positive girls everywhere, that Jobs appeared at Egan’s door with the spanking-new Macintosh and proceeded to set it up in her bedroom himself. Ditto for the late-night phone conversations, in which Egan (who confirmed via e-mail that she was the same Jennifer Egan) challenged Jobs to square his Zen credo of nonattachment with his life’s work making highly covetable electronics. “He was irritated by the dichotomy, and we had exuberant debates about it,” she recalled to Isaacson. Sigh.”

Read more on The New York Times.

Tonight, in a much talked about event, Jennifer Egan joins Jeffrey Eugenides at 92nd Street Y for a sold out event. But don’t despair; you can watch a live webcast for free, starting at 8pm. Tune in here.

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