I came across a pretty interesting read:
(credit where its due: saw it on slashdot :))
It speaks a lot to how transformation and desperation are not good bed-fellows (at least, that's what I took away). It reads as a little romanticized - and one sided - but hard to argue with a happy ending, and there are definitely lessons to be learned there.
And it even has a fun easter egg (if you ever worked at AOL, at least). Scroll down the page and click on the "bloodbath" link... its about 40% down the page...