Embracing the art of hacking

Wednesday, 19 May 2004, 12:22 PM EST

The idea that every hacker is an artist and every artist is a hacker isn't groundbreaking -- recent gallery and museum shows have focused on the link between art and coding -- but a new book by programmer Paul Graham gives the concept a fresh twist by advising hackers to improve their skills by borrowing creative techniques from other artists.

Billed as a guide into the minds and motivations of hackers, Hackers & Painters, due to be released by O'Reilly Media later this month, is a mixed bag of essays on topics ranging from aesthetics to high school hazing, spam to startups, Microsoft to money.

By Michelle Delio at Wired.

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