I don't even know Lisp, and I like Lisp. One day I wanted to learn Perl. I think it was when I came across these three definitions that are in the book Programming Perl, by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Randal Schwartz. I don't think I want to learn Pearl so much as I want to read a book written by Larry Wall. But I do want to learn Pearl.
One day I wanted to learn Python. I really remember that, it was when I read Why Python, by Eric Raymond. And I did learn Python.
I remember when I decided that I wanted to learn Ruby. I was at Barnes and Nobles and I looked through the book Programming Ruby. It looked really well written, and I liked the forward/preface written by Yukihiro Matsumoto.
You get the point.
I was just reading the preface and the first few pages of the first chapter of Paul Graham's book On Lisp. You can download it freely from his website. So beautiful. I love it. So far it is a beautiful work of art.
Interesting quote from Wikipedia:
Many new Lisp programmers were inspired by writers such as Paul Graham and Eric S. Raymond to pursue a language others consider antiquated. New Lispers often describe the language as an eye-opening experience and claim to be substantially more productive than in other languages.
I know there are other good or great writings on Lisp out there too.
I think an important part of a language is the communication of it.