Clojure is great. I have started studying because we have on project written in it, but it has been on my list for a white, and I have found clojure by example which was instrumental in bootstrapping my knowledge. Also it is concise and very to the point, very japanese I might add. Also there is a very engaging book.
Early days - my first job I was enamored with map and each little did I know that it was from lisp and smalltalk - I gather that lisp was instrumental in influencing smalltalk. Perl is was a text processing language - fresh departure from meddling with bytes in C, I did write a few cgi C/C++ scripts back in the day. But it is clear lisp left its mark on Larry Wall.
One of jobs I have scored after dotcom 1.0 bust was working for a gambling outfit. Our financial system was written in C++, generated from rational rose uml diagrams(god save me from ever touching that again - rr). Our financial interfaces however were written in perl, a great glue language to tie systems together, at the time. How I got the job is I have printed out mapquest directions to the interview got lost for 2 hours and late - was given a test to write some C code and given a K&R C book to do that ( I had been programming C at this point for at least 6 years!) so done with cobbling together a program on a sheet of paper - got the job - I was told - he can code and he speaks english! Later on we had some perturbations at the company where CEO decided to bring his CTO buddy in and he had a spat with Cheif Architect who hired me. Like I said we did perl to glue financials. Chief architect said there was this new cool language - python, lets try it. I rewrote couple of gateways and wrote tests for them(in 2004 or so) and main thing I wrote code and it just ran. Forward to the conflict - CTO said we have to do Java because its great and we have to rewrite everything in Java. Me being an enterprising spigot I found out there was a fresh project - Jython that transpiled python code to Java and I went around advertising it. So I was fired promptly.
Crux of the story it is great to exploit platforms for end goal like clojure(script) does to gain benefits on both sides.
I am not sure where this will end up but I am excited.