Sunday, July 31, 2005

Paul Graham, one of the best essays I've ever read


If you're reading this blog, then there is a quite high probability that you are and has been a nerd when you were a teenager. And this is very probable that you've known very well what Paul Graham wrote about in the following text:

In his essay 'Why nerds are unpopular', Paul Graham has a lot of very, very interesting ideas. His style is very impressing, he has the rare ability to explain very complex ideas in two lines, or in a paragraph things we always knew but never could put in words. If I had to quote the most meaningful sentences of this essay, I would have to quote the entire essay. But there are some quotes that really show his writing and, most of all thinking abilities:

"Another reason kids persecute nerds is to make themselves feel better. When you tread water, you lift yourself up by pushing water down. Likewise, in any social hierarchy, people unsure of their own position will try to emphasize it by maltreating those they think rank below. I've read that this is why poor whites in the United States are the group most hostile to blacks."


This essay and 14 other are compiled in the book Hacker and Painters.

I think in the next days I will spend a lot of time on his site; this is a real knowledge mine ! I'm very excited by this 'RAQ', Rarely Asked Questions... Has someone ever seen that before ?

Et pour ceux qui ont des difficultés avec l'anglais, il y a une traduction française a cette adresse.

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