And my fondest recollection from that day was the beaming face of A–W’s cofounder, Mel Cummings, as he held those five volumes in his hands with obvious pride and satisfaction. He had spent his life in the printing industry, and devoted it to producing technical books of the finest quality; so I was delighted to see his delight.
I met Professor Knuth on his visit to Oxford, UK in 2000, and he was gracious enough to sign my TAoCP volumes.
Nor does the publisher have any joy yet => https://www.informit.com/search/index.aspx?query=knuth
crosses arms, taps toe
Is it just that I'm a fan, having read  as a science student? I don't think so, because when I recommend that essay to a student who is frustrated with msword, I almost always get a report about how intriguing it is.
Beyond the material, I think a big factor is that it's simply intriguing to hear what a clear thinker spends time thinking about.
1. Knuth, Donald E. “Mathematical Typography.” Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 1, no. 2 (March 1979): 337–72 https://projecteuclid.org:443/euclid.bams/1183544082
 Note I said "plausible." The standard for a rebuttal is implausibility.
Friction at other's expense is sort of played on the internet.
At least for me...
It's not just the cool kids arguing for the sake of arguing any more.
I mean I can carefully say "I believe X" and someone will aggressively argue that it is false because they don't believe X.
And I know that's not what you did here. My apologies for being a wet rag.
My apologies for the failed levity.
Perks include being posted copies of TUGboat, the excellent magazine that this Knuth piece is a preprint from. They also send you a DVD of the latest TeXlive, if you want it, you get to vote TUGs elections (or stand if you want!), invites to the annual conference, and get discounts on various (La)TeX, typography, and Knuth books.
It drives me crazy. Overleaf claims that this would require a nontrivial overhaul of their software, which I find hard to believe. But their code is complicated enough that I can't just look at it and find the fix.
XeTeX and LuaTeX use Unicode, and thus could render the Chinese name as text. But they are extensions of TeX, not TeX proper, which is what Knuth himself uses.
Knuth named it TeX, with an 'out if kilter' e, to distinguish it from TEX, the Text EXecutive programming language developed by Honeywell. (Knuth, The TeXbook, p. 1)
Similarly, the (less) ancient LaTeX is still widely used, in spite of the existence of the (not so new, but still actively developed) ConTeXt:
PDFlatex is the most widely used (La)TeX system.
You newcomers confuse "new" as "widely used" and that's
not the case at all.
Unix utilities are old as hell and they are used daily,
far more than exa and fd.
Now there are a few alternative implementations. Wikipedia list:
I think all of them have more features like better Unicode support, but probably also more bugs.