Suggested Reading: Geek Sublime

June 13, 2015

Vikram Chandra — Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software — Faber & Faber, 2013, 272 pp. ASIN  B00ER809R0

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Here’s a rather strange book. First, it seems to be about writing code, but we digress on how to build logic gates out of LEGO, discuss the macho culture of Silicon Valley, and meander through classic Sanskrit literature and the theories of aesthetics of Anandavardhana and Abhinavagupta.

The main discourse isn’t much about code as the subtitle suggests. It is about the power of expressivity and suggestion of various forms of writing, whether prose, poetry, or, incidentally, code; on the necessity for a writer to transmit the right mental images.