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I think a big part of it is the interest in functional languages in general. There was also something of a minor Lisp renaissance around the time that Practical Common Lisp (2005) and pg's "Revenge of the Nerds" (2002) was written. Now Clojure is fueling another bump in interest, including interest in CL and Scheme, as people coming to Lisp via Clojure are discovering some of the Lisp classics: PAIP, SICP, On Lisp, Lisp in Small Pieces, etc.

This is all speculation on my part.

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