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Re: Of diamonds and mud:

Here's another paraphrase:
   "APL is like a diamond.  You can add more diamonds... but unfortunately
    to get the several diamonds to stick together you need goop, which messes
    them all up.  LISP is mud, and using mud to stick together mud at
    least preserves the homogeneity of the language."
[Case in point: files can be regarded as large arrays of characters.
But the file facilities of most APL systems don't treat them that way at all.]