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Iter In his extraordinary new book he looks at the connection between these two worlds of art and technology Coders are obsessed with elegance and style just as writers are but do the words mean the same thing to both And is it a coincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways of thinkingExploring these uestions Chandra creates an idiosyncratic. There are a lot of great insights uotes and stories in this book regarding programming and writing art and aesthetics I also really appreciated his perspective as someone who supported his passion for writing fiction by writing code One uibble is that the parts on Indian aesthetic theories felt like they could have been handled better These chapters caused me to alternate between YES YES YES and Wait what I ll need to re read those sections because I found the ideas fascinating but featuring too many Sanskrit terms that were defined once before leaving the reader to remember them on later reference Define your variables in scope please Also for such a good critiue of machobro tech culture and lack of

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Mirrored Mind My Life in Letters and Code

A great novelist on his twin obsessions writing and coding What is the relationship between the two Is there such a thing as the sublime in code Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of coding Vikram Chandra is the award winning author of two acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories and has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a wr. I m torn about giving this book such a low rating because there were parts that really spoke to me the root of disillusionment with modern day software development the rampant sexism within the industry the pain and struggle of the writing process the parallels between writing programs and writing essays But there were huge swaths of this book that I thought were unreadable For example I read half the chapter on Anandavardhana before giving up because I was bored out of my mind And when I started the chapter on Abhinavagupta I could tell right away it was of the same so I didn t even bother to try After that I routinely skipped over whole boring chunks Even worse I had no idea what the hell this bo

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History of coding exploring such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism the male machismo of geeks the striking presence of an 'Indian Mafia' in Silicon Valley and the writings of Abhinavagupta the 10th 11th century Kashmiri thinker Part technology story and part memoir Geek Sublime is a book of sweeping ideas It is a heady and utterly original work. This is really a rounded up 35 star bookIt is a weird little book It is sort of about programming it is sort of about writing it is sort of about the nature of art it is sort of about the sociopolitics of Sanskrit and the sociopolitics of programmers especially Indian ones and female ones If some of those topics interesting you it s probably worth reading I picked it up because it was purportedly a book about programming by the guy who wrote Red Earth and Pouring Rain and Sacred Games Usually anything related programming and fiction comes from deep within the science fiction ghetto so I was curious to see something from a mainstream authorIt doesn t uite hang together as you might be able to tell from


10 thoughts on “Mirrored Mind My Life in Letters and Code

  1. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewGeek Sublime Writing Fiction Coding Software by Vikram ChandraA long time ago when I was doing Software Engineering professionally I was a CC black belt coder bac

  2. says:

    It hurts me to say this because I've always enjoyed his fiction but Vikram Chandra's latest book is a mess Inchoate rambling and superficial Geek Sublime reads like a vanity project like being cornered by some middle aged Uncle at a family gathering and being subjected to hours of him prattling on about his favor

  3. says:

    I'm torn about giving this book such a low rating because there were parts that really spoke to me the root of disillusionment with modern day software development; the rampant sexism within the industry; the pain and struggle of the writing process; the parallels between writing programs and writing essays But there were huge swaths of thi

  4. says:

    Also reviewed on when I listed the books on my reading pile I mentioned Geek Sublime right at the top and said Vikram Chandra intrigues me as a writer I cannot pin him down to any genreHe continues that thread of intrigue th

  5. says:

    There are a lot of great insights uotes and stories in this book regarding programming and writing art and aesthetics I also really appreciated his perspective as someone who supported his passion for writing fiction by writing code One uibble is that the parts on Indian aesthetic theories felt like they could have been handled better These chapters caused me to alternate between YES YES YES and Wait what? I

  6. says:

    This was a surprise I read the reviews so long ago that I forgot this is only about coding on the surface I love Chandra’s Sacred Games so I was game to read about coding if that’s what he wanted to write about He supported himself writing code while he wrote his first book And indeed he is elouent on the beauty and elegance of well written programs But this is a jumping off point for discussion about two things the brutal ant

  7. says:

    This book was a bit schizophrenic moving between two different books with little success in making a connection between them And while I truly enjoyed the chapters regarding coding as design the parallel story was rather impossible to read

  8. says:

    This is really a rounded up 35 star bookIt is a weird little book It is sort of about programming it is sort of about writing it is

  9. says:

    This is one of the worst books that I have read recently There are many reasons that I did not like this book1 Till the end I did not understand why the author wrote about so many things and how they relate to the main topic of the book which is the beauty of code2 The book is a collection of random blurbsresearch that author created over a period of time and then combined them together in a book3 The book was made further difficult to fol

  10. says:

    I had an instant connect with what Chandra is trying to do here He talks about programming the business of code writing that practically runs our social media obsessed milieu and he talks about writing itself that most enriching and creative of