Skip to Content

The Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture: Geek Sublime

Monday, February 9, 2015
12:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheatre

Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In Geek Sublime, his first work of nonfiction, he searches for the connections between the worlds of art and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style, just as writers are, but do the words mean the same thing to both? Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of writing code? Part literary essay, part technology story, and part memoir, it is an engrossing, original, and heady book of sweeping ideas.

Vikram Chandra authored the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction for the book Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995). He has written many other novels and collections, and one of his most recent publications, Sacred Games (2006), won the Hutch Crossword Award for English Fiction and a Salon Book Award for 2007. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Presented with support from the U-M Helen Zell Writers' Program.