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Paul Graham's new book of essays.

In another thread someone wrote:

"As for me, I'm still contemplating whether I should buy Paul Graham's new book of essays."

I bought it two weeks ago and I don't recommend the same. What I considered to be the more interesting and better written articles I had already read online. Namely "Why Nerds are Unpopular" and "A Plan for Spam".

The rest of it really seemed pretty average and not worth the money. Some of it was clearly written years ago and given the changes to the IT industry and the Internet since 1995 the information is too outdated to be useful.

Herr Herr
Sunday, July 18, 2004

The main point of releasing it was for his ideas to gain "respectability" with the cachet of a pretty O'Reilly hardcover. So people shouldn't feel too bad if the $20 is an issue.

Personally though, I found your experience to be 100% different from mine. I had no interest in spam or unhappy nerds, so I skipped that part. Yet I was happy with my purchase. Very good loaner book, wide appeal. So I guess this proves the happy truth that people are different.

Tayssir John Gabbour
Sunday, July 18, 2004

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