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Read ‘The Perfect Thing’ on your iPod!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Well, read an excerpt. Simon & Schuster, which is selling an e-book version of my iPod tome, is offering a piece of it in an iPod-friendly format. Check it out. I see that listeners to the e-book also bought “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” NFL 2006, Business Week and NASCAR.

Oh, and you can check out the “soundtrack” to the book now, in my celebrity playlist on iTunes. (Yeah, I know. Celebrity? Me? I guess Kato Kaelin is next.) I used it to highlight some of the songs mentioned in the book.


  • I’m glad that the eBook has come out, but I’ve just finished reading the hardback version. What an absolutely outstanding book! “The Perfect Thing” is just that. While some might be inclined to dismiss an iPod book as a literary attempt to cash in on a fad, it is, in fact, no more of an exploitation hack than the iPod itself is a fad (as you so clearly point out). “The Perfect Thing” is certainly your best work and this comes from someone who loved “Insanely Great” and has recommended it to many others.

    Your research for “The Perfect Thing” is not only thorough but its fruits are presented in a very engaging manner. I was really amazed at the sustained continuity given the shuffled chapters (a feature I learned about by listening to a Podcast, natch). Rarely did a repeated factoid get in the way of the cogent narrative. As a writer (and ghost writer) of personal histories (aka memoirs), I particularly enjoyed reading about your instances of personal contact with Steve Jobs. While I certainly could not be called a Jobs fanboy (at age 59, I’m hardly any sort of boy), but your glimpses served to bolster my admiration for Jobs’ stratospheric standards and recent accomplishments.

    I am convinced that when the “Authorized” Steve Jobs bio book finally sees daylight, it will be written by Steven Levy. (Title suggestion: “A Dent In The Universe”)
    I’d like to share one comment about what is not really an oversight, but rather a minor missed opportunity in “The Perfect Thing.” While reading the unnumbered chapter titled “Personal,” on page 216 in my version, a strange thing happened. As I was deep into your analysis of the “social isolation” issue that has been bemoaned by some, my eyes flitted ahead to the words: “A Ballad of a Thin Man.”
    “Aha,” I thought to myself, almost subconsciously, “I know what’s coming next.” As a lifelong Bob Dylan fan(man), my mental click-wheel immediately landed on a line from that song. But, alas, when I finished the paragraph, the line wasn’t there! Instead only the doleful refrain that has become the tagline for American alienation was presented. Here are the lines that I expected you to quote:

    You should be made
    To wear earphones
    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Hence, my question is: Did the thought of quoting this amazingly appropriate passage ever come under consideration? If so, was it rejected for copyright reasons? (this would appear to fall under Fair Use, I would think). If not, would you consider inserting it in a future printing? I would guess that other Dylan fans might also react the way I did.

    If you do decide to insert this into future editions, feel free to do so without feeling obliged to list any sort of attribution to me. I would, however, be pleased if you’d visit my website at http://www.peterweisz.com whenever you have the time.

    Thanks again for this irrepressible account of the most astonishing business success story of the 21st Century. It is truly as well-crafted as a G5 iPod. Can there be any higher praise?

  • As for the complaints about iPods, Levy points out that, for awhile, it had battery problems, but Apple has fixed them now. Some worry that earbuds piping music directly into the ear may be harmful.

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