Mystery in Silicon Valley


Was this a brilliant viral marketing scheme, a literary treasure hunt orchestrated by some corporation angling for free publicity to promote a new energy drink or video game? Or was it a purely artistic endeavor, aimed at stimulating a discussion about how the tech boom has altered our culture, economy and society?

The New York Times has reported on a real-life literary mystery. Back in June, some people in the tech industry received copies of an anonymously written manuscript satirizing Silicon Valley. Months later, Farrar, Straus & Giroux is publishing a small paperback edition of the book, Iterating Grace. But the mystery remains unsolved.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →