Visiting with T. Greer and Lexington Green

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]

 Reading Room, University of Chicago Library

Last Sunday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon meeting T. Greer of Scholar’s Stage blog and visiting with him and Lexington Green of the group blog Chicago Boyz ( where T. Greer and I both occasionally post).  Greer was in Chicago for The Midwest Political Science Association Conference at The Palmer House downtown.  It was good to finally meet T. Greer and see Lex after a long hiatus and our conversation in person took off from where they had been online without skipping a beat.

The weather was uncooperative, but Lex took us on a walking and driving tour of his alma mater, the University of Chicago.

 

We spent some time at Powell’s Books, a Lexington Green favorite, which is an absolutely fabulous bookstore for the serious bibliophile. We went through the stacks and reached the basement level.

 

  

I bought a few from the military history and strategy section

Next we spent some relaxing time and deep conversation about books, ideas and policy at  the legendary Jimmy’s Tap where Saul Bellow and a legion of intellectual luminaries, students, writers and workingmen just off their shift rubbed shoulders. We sat in the back room where it was quieter. The discussion was a rare pleasure.

Finally, we ate at another Chicago and Hyde Park landmark – the cafeteria style service Valois.  If you ever visit the University of Chicago, eat here. The food was outstanding (I had the prime rib with hash browns, which I strongly recommend) and the prices more than reasonable. We ate our fill and talked some more.

One of the nicest aspects of blogging has been the friendships forged in the broad circle of folks debating military and foreign policy, strategy, counterinsurgency, intelligence issues and (unavoidably) politics. From meetings like this to book and article projects to the Boyd Conferences, the interactions have all been positive and enriching.

6 comments on this post.
  1. Lexington Green:

    It was indeed a good day, sir.

  2. Charles Cameron:

    And now look, you’ve enticed me into yet another wish to have been a fly on a wall…
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    You’ve got me worrying about my next reincarnation, y’all..

  3. zen:

    Charles,
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    We’d definitely want you at the table and not buzzing around on a wall!

  4. Nathaniel T. Lauterbach:

    Lex, Zen, et all-
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    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with Lex before, but never you, Mark. I hope to in the future.
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    I’m next heading to Quantico, so perhaps we could link up at the next Boyd Conference.

  5. Zen:

    Great! Nate are you teaching, in charge of something or attending MCU?
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    I will be there for Boyd for sure.

  6. Nathaniel T. Lauterbach:

    Nope, maybe, and not yet.
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    Much is still TBD. Will keep you posted.