Wab Kinew, TV reporter (CBC)
Wab has won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for his hip-hop and an ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival award for his journalism. He was also nominated for a Future Leaders of Manitoba award in 2010.
Wab's journalism has won him an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, a Gabriel Award and a Gemini nomination. He has a BA in Economics and is a member of the Midewin.
Wab is the proud father of two little boys, and he says they are a big source of inspiration for him.
SCENE wants to know what Manitoban personalities like Wab are reading. We asked him which book stands out as being a good read, something to 'bookmark'. Wab told us that for him it was Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Right now I'm reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson presents a very candid portrait of Jobs as both a genius and a sociopath; a visionary and a manipulator; a Zen Buddhist and a control freak. How much of a control freak? In order to get Jobs blessing, Isaacson writes that he had to give up control of the cover art to the Apple co-founder.
Yes, Steve Jobs chose the photo of himself that appears on the cover. That need for control lead to some "insanely great" products. Everything from the early desktop computers (that were imitated by companies with bigger market share) to the most modern mobile devices (that are imitated by companies with bigger market share).
I love this book because I have loved Apple products since I was a little kid. I learned to use an Apple II when I was about 3. As a teen I was obsessed with Mac products and read all about the turmoil at Apple as they were nearly erased from the marketplace.
In the years since, my inner computer nerd has faded a little bit, but I'm still am Apple zealot. I smashed the one Windows computer I owned and have promised never to do it again. I'm also writing this at a desk with two iPhones in front of me. So maybe I'm a little too close to the subject matter.
Honestly though, it's very fun for me to read up on all the behind the scenes fights, schemes and cry sessions that went into the products I use and the events I remember. There's also quite a bit about Jobs' design influences, particularly from the Bauhaus set, which appeals to the artist in me. Even if you aren't a huge Apple fan, you should find it interesting to hear about what defined one of the most influential people of our time.
More about Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years--as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues--Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
(Simon & Schuster Publishers)