One of my favorite entertainments since "meeting" Shimer is a game I call (yes, with the obvious pop culture referent and perhaps slightly less obvious theoretical referent -- see here) Six Degrees of Shimer. There are many ways to play, like having someone name a figure and then trying to figure out the minimum number of legitimate (defined variously) degrees between said figure and Shimer.
For example, from Shimer to Jayne Baron Sherman to Cindi Lauper
Or, from Shimer to Phyllis Westberg to J.D. Salinger
Or, from Shimer to Manasha Garcia to Jerry Garcia
Or, from Shimer to Robert O. Keohane to Fareed Zakaria
Or, from Shimer to . . . . Lucille Ball? (yes, it can be done -- watch this very blog for that entry)
Great Game. I encourage us all to try it -- for, as a political movement once claimed what seems like long ago:
We are everywhere.