I've written code in almost every language in use today and many long since forgotten. I was exposed to LISP in grad school (CS) but couldn't get past the parens and odd fn names (car cdr etc.) My lasting impression was of a powerful language (solved nine puzzle very easily) but that it was awkward to work with.
I've since learned Clojure and am a complete convert. On so many levels Clojure got it right, especially forgoing the awkward fns and adding array/map syntax support. It isn't perfect but it's rigor and reach are unparalleled in any other language.
I strongly recommend giving it another try. If you need help the community is very open and helpful. Also, tooling has greatly improved. Tip: if you aren't already an emacs developer, try Cursive.
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