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I'd be careful about drawing any conclusions from a first, second, or even tenth impression. That unsettling feeling may just be unfamiliarity. What you really want is a sense of what it would be like after you've developed a feel for it - admittedly something of a chicken-and-egg problem.

What used to feel like "pure abstraction" to me now feels like lightweight (if dense) code whose shape is determined by the problem rather than by arbitrary constraints and noise.

The standard image macro meme for newcomers to Lisp is this: http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1397/lispnd7.png But I agree there's something more as you work with the language and start mastering macros, perhaps it's similar to the Tetris Effect, and the process takes you from frightful screams to delusions of grandeur back to solid practicality and programs that solve a problem. The process may take a while.

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