Nothing like a pretty picture to help liven things up. Thanks to NPR Digital Media designer Lindsay Mangum for the composite header atop the blog.
More housekeeping: A small flood of nominations this morning, from Superman to Mary Tyler Moore to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Eeyore. (Who's not, gloomy as we are to point it out, a product of American pop culture.) Elizabeth Blair and I are reading your essays now, and we'll try to get one of 'em up on the blog later today.
And yes — you knew it was only a matter of time — the dread name of Joseph Campbell has been invoked. (And not for the last time, I imagine.)