Lars Brinkhoff's Road to Lisp
Lars Brinkhoff's response to The Road to Lisp Survey:

I tried Emacs Lisp in 1996, and started writing a medium-sized program. Unfortunately, it mostly felt like I was trying to write C code in Lisp, and enlightenment never appeared.

However, I still had a feeling I was missing out on something, and in particular I remembered being impressed with how quickly a friend of mine had written a Lisp program to create 3D animations for a LED display. So I bought CLtL2 in case I'd get an urge to learn more about Lisp.

Then, in early 2001, I read Paul Graham's "Beating the Averages" and once again became curious. I started reading CLtL2, and even though the basics were familiar from Emacs Lisp, I was amazed at the richness of the language.

I have now finished PAIP, Graham's "ANSI Common Lisp" and "On Lisp", Keene's "Object-Oriented Programming in COMMON LISP" and some more Lisp books. I've yet to write more than small snippets of code, but I now have a few interesting ideas to try out in Lisp.

Switch Date 2001 | Rtl Emacs Elisp | RtL Paul Graham