Periodically, I have asked if someone is a Shimerian -- Gertrude Stein? Charles Bradshaw? DuBois? In each instance, I have argued, whether more or less seriously, for their inclusion as a Shimerian. George R. R. Martin. Neil Gaiman (who more recently has tweeted regarding Shimer, which is always a new reason to see someone as Shimerian) have also been similarly discussed right here on this very blog. And yes, I have at least implied that they all qualify.
And yet, I have not yet asked you whether you are a Shimerian. Are you?
To be best able to address this question, perhaps the thing is to look for commonalities among those that have been labeled "Shimerian" on this blog? Or, perhaps the best idea is to attempt to list the characteristics of a "shimerian" in some sort of deductive or indicative way? Or, perhaps, the solution (implied in the earlier blog posts) is to adopt an ostensive rather than substantive or functional definition of a Shimerian? (Is the term always capitalized? Never? In some circumstances?)
To puzzle this out, I should note that the aphorism "once a Shimerian, always a Shimerian" may be helpful, though there may be border defining instances where someone (or something?) no longer qualifies as "shimerian" on the grounds of some feature of their character, their behavior, or, perhaps, their existence? (If someone dies, are they no longer a Shimerian in the sense in which they are no longer quite human?)
But none of this, to use a frequently adopted rhetorical flourish of this blog, is quite what this is about. Another question is perhaps at issue: how might one become a Shimerian if one is not or not yet a Shimerian? Beyond adopting the characteristics implied in earlier blog posts about potential Shimerians, what can be done?
There are several possible routes to Shimerian status (insofar as that can be achieved by instrumental means), two of which merit comment here: (a) admission to Shimer and (b) joining us in a Shimerian adventure. Both are possible, of course. For the first, click here to go to our admissions website, and then follow your dream. For the second, you may wish to join us in an on line capacity (after all, you have revealed your love of the on line world by reading this far). To do so, check this portion of our site out, where you can learn about various (more or less free) on line discussion groups that could be rewarding - and would (I think) qualify you to go through the remainder of your life as a "Shimerian."
Ok? So: Are you a Shimerian?