If you read one thing today, or even this week, make it Mona Simpson's eulogy of her brother Steve Jobs. She did not meet him until she was 25, but they evidently became close. The essay, published today in the New York Times, is full of wonderful ancedotes, including the observation above about what drove Jobs. (Innovation may have been one thing, but beauty trumped all.)
And keep going until the ending. It's quite moving.