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The agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs


Sam Roggeveen


25 August 2011 14:27

News that Steve Jobs is retiring as CEO of Apple takes my mind back to April in Washington, DC, where I caught a performance of a monologue called The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

The description of the show — a man sits at a table and talks to the audience for 90 minutes about Apple and Jobs — was not promising. But it was a riveting performance.

Journalist/performer Mike Daisey brings together two stories: the first is of his deep affection for all things Apple and his hero-worship of Steve Jobs (who he describes, in this interview, as being the equal of Edison). The second story is of Daisey's visit to China, where he managed to get inside one of the factories that produces Apple products. Inevitably, these two stories clash.

There's no footage online of an actual performance of Agony and Ecstasy, but in this interview, Daisey talks about what he saw in China: