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‘Steve Jobs and His Portal to the Invisible’ : The Best Longform.org Story of the Week

Some critics worry that smartphones and tablet computers will ruin our ability to focus on long form material. To fight this trend, we will have the editors of Longform.org pick an essay for your weekend reading pleasure every week.

This week, editors Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky picked “Steve Jobs and His Portal to the Invisible” by Tom Junod in the October 2008 issue of Esquire.

Here’s why they picked it: “Quite possibly the best piece ever written on Jobs, and one that has a particular relevance this week after the news that he’ll take a leave from Apple for health reasons. Written a year after the release of the iPhone and four years after Jobs’ last major health scare, Junod’s profile hits some big ideas: immortality, relinquishing control, how Jobs’ being adopted has affected his decisions for Apple. But we’d recommend it for the lede alone: ”One day, Steve Jobs is going to die.”
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