I won't give away too much of the story- as I read the pdf file version on my iPad, however, the ending reminds me a bit of Legends of the Fall, in which the protagonist, played by Brad Pitt, becomes a recluse in the mountains and finally comes to his end as he is wrestling bears in the wild with his bare hands and also of the infamous unabomber Ted Kaczynski who targeted UC Berkeley Professors via mail bombs in the late 1990s, secluded himself in the Montana mountains, and whose writings can be found in Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski.
The Iterating Grace protagonist, Koons Crooks, whose nickname which also happens to be "Pepper" seems to refer to a similar kind of alienation and loneliness, from the Beatles album,
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band whose songs primarily deal with themes of lost love, ageing and the influence of the news media.
The story itself is told in the perspective of the anonymous narrator- whose character is parallel to the narrator Marlow in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness with Koons Crooks, representative of a kind of contemporary Kurtz. Of course, the mystery is the most delicious aspect of these "anonymous" authors. However, in the past few years, Hollywood has been adopting tales about Silicon Valley and making satirical commentaries on the leading figures, with some Founders poking fun at their own selves.
The question remains, who could the authors be? :)
By Sierra Choi