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Would you listen to Live Work Work Work Die again? Why?
Maybe, but it's pretty grim.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
I like the travelogue structure of the book. Also, Pine's humor helps things from getting too depressing.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the description of his first AirBnB as his first real introduction to the way life is in this sector of the economy.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Peter Thiel is even creepier than I thought. Like way more sinister.
Any additional comments?
I loved the first three chapters, but later the structure sort of broke down and the narrative lost its flow. The mini biographies came to overpower the nice travelogue structure of the first part. Even so, the book more than held my attention.
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I found this book after listening to an extract of the Guardian newspapers Long Reads. Here was someone who went to Silicon Valley and gave it a real go... at least that's how it initially came across. The author's time subletting was amusing and eye opening. Frankly, all the first- hand accounts were pretty interesting at first. But, it quickly becomes apparent that the author wasn't actually trying to create a startup. instead he was just slumming it in order to write this book with a bit more credibility, I guess? He seemed to be there just to mock entrepreneurs. Not everyone is a crook, or charlatan! And, after a while even the thinly-veiled attempt at business is dropped in favour of over-long, boring stretches of things the author has researched about the business world and business history. That wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily, in better hands. But, this is dry stuff here and not what was initially promised, in my opinion.
A very timely book in view of the recent revelations about Facebook.
If you enjoy the HBO comedy Silicon Valley this book will really click.
I really enjoyed.