The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Zen of Steve Jobs

Book - 2012
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Illustrated reimagining of Steve Jobs's friendship with Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in 1967. The story moves back and forward in time, from the 1970s to 2011, but centers on the period after Jobs's exile from Apple in 1985 when he took up intensive study with Kobun. Their time together was integral to the big leaps that Apple took later on with its product design and business strategy. Told using stripped down dialogue and bold calligraphic panels, The Zen of Steve Jobs explores how Jobs might have honed his design aesthetic via Eastern religion before choosing to identify only what he needs and leave the rest behind.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2012
ISBN: 9781118295267
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL 338.7 Melby
Characteristics: 80 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jess3 (Firm)


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Sep 05, 2013

I recommend The Zen of Steve Jobs once you've read Walter Isaacson's excellent biography on the man. There might be some confusion if you lack a basic history on Jobs' departure and return to Apple, or his lifelong interest in Buddhism. It's the juxtaposition of these events—the key moments at Apple and the Buddhist lessons—that allows this short graphic novel to triumph.

Feb 22, 2013

If you've read the biography on Steve and enjoyed it then you'll appreciate this. An interesting angle to have done it from the Zen priest/friend of Steve's. A quick, decent read.

May 30, 2012

A good example of how a book in a graphic format can tell much more than a straightforward text. This is a brief look at the relationship between Jobs and Kobun, and how Zen Buddhism helped shape Jobs' sense of the aesthetic and creative mind.


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