When (and where) literature meets technology
Recently I had the pleasure of picking up Geek Sublime a novel about literature and coding by novelist Vikram Chandra. While I have not read other works by Mr. Chandra, Geek Sublime kept me interested and engaged for the entirety of the work. At times, it almost seemed like a history novel. Discussing various topics such as the entry of women into computer science and the history of Sanskrit. To me, it seemed like the author and I were wandering off on a path, getting (supposedly) further and further from the original intent of the work when, suddenly, Mr. Chandra pulled aside some tall weeds and TA-DA! We were right back to where we started.
Rather than feeling circuitous or annoying, I thoroughly enjoyed the style. While in college I have tried desparately to not pigeon-hole myself as a ‘typical’ computer science student and have forced myself to take classes in various subjects, many of which I enjoyed. Geek Sublime showed me that even computer science was not something to be ashamed of and certainly not a restricted field. Sociology, history, and linguistics all were present in Geek Sublime and I hope that these issues will challenge me in my career into the future.
In all, I felt that Mr. Chandra’s work brought to light several issues inside of the tech space and opened my eyes to be more cognizant of the situations of others around me. I’ve now shared this book with others and hope to have even more lively conversations about how these issues can be addressed inside and outside the workplace.