The full interview appears in Aubergines, but I’ve excerpted the opening here. Buck asserts that Dan has written the Great American Novel. Click on the link to find out what Dan has to say about that.
Buck: So, Dan, I’ll tell you, it’s been a long time, and I was very surprised to learn that you’ve written a novel. Although, from the acidic things you wrote me back when I represented your company, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in it.
Dan: Well, Buck, after our friend [redacted] told me that you’d entered senility, I’m surprised that you’re capable of doing an interview. I guess I shouldn’t believe everything he says.
Buck: No, not even that he’s still a friend. Shall we begin? Tell me, Dan, what made you want to write a novel about Silicon Valley?
Dan: Several things, but first and foremost it was the fact that I’ve always wanted to read a novel about Silicon Valley. There are some, sure, but none big and ambitious. I wrote the book I wanted to read.
Buck: And what is it about Silicon Valley that’s so interesting, for a novel, for a reader?
Dan: This area combines the best and the worst in America, so it makes a great substrate for writing about America. And because it’s California, and the Hollywood of venture capital, people come from all over the world. In most cases their origins are at most a generation away from them, so the characters, the people who live here, are rich with variety. You don’t have to look very far to find amazing origin stories.
Buck: So, you’ve written the great American novel?