Paul M. Rodriguez


Paul M. Rodriguez is (among other things) an essayist, a novelist, and a Lisp hacker.

The Ruricolist · Essay series

The Ruricolist is an essay series, originally a blog, now also a book.

The Ruricolist is mostly essays – 157 of them, such as:

The rest of the 234 numbers is made up of stories, fables, satires, monologues, nondefinitions, and others. I think the fables are particularly good:

The Ruricolist can be read at, or as a book.

The Endless City · Novel

The Endless City is a novel.

“The City is endless to the edges of the world,” Eks began. “West and east, north and south, unbroken, the City goes on, long arterial highways spreading into streets and boulevards, nourishing the buildings that are born and age and die. It has always been this way; it must always be this way, the City of and for itself, the silent lives of empty rooms.

“Men live here too. While the walls stand and the seals hold, their shelters are their homes. But seasons pass, and walls rot, and old buildings make way for new. Men live here too. But they are few, and frightened, and afraid.”

He felt their anger rise like an open oven. He had been counting on that...

Readers have consistently compared the book to both Cormac McCarthy and Borges.

The Rambler · Editor

The only complete electronic edition of Samuel Johnson's Rambler available anywhere online, with all classical quotations (Latin and Greek) checked and corrected against their original sources.

This edition is now also available in print (as a single, complete volume):

Open Source Development

I have written many open-source libraries, principally in Common Lisp.

The most popular are Spinneret, an HTML generator; Serapeum, a utility library; Overlord, a build system; and Vernacular, a module system for embedded languages.

More open-source work can be found at:

I also write a blog about programming:

Et cætera