A Tech Pioneer’s Final, Unexpected Act


Photograph by Talia Herman for The New Yorker

Such a powerful piece. As a child, Eric Sun studied the violin but stopped playing after high school to study computer science. Sun moved to the Bay Area, worked at Facebook, and started what appeared to be a long and promising career in tech. But at age 33, he discovered he had stage 4 brain cancer that resisted most types of treatment. As Sun grappled with the diagnosis, he set out to realize his childhood musical goals.

This statement struck me the most: “It was something Sun had long wanted to do, but he had never found the time.” Who hasn’t felt that way? We never know how much time we have left, but when faced with a deadline, our priorities can radically shift.

Read: “A Tech Pioneer’s Final, Unexpected Act,” The New Yorker

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