John and I are hitting the road this week, and then one or the other or both of us will be away for many of the weeks between now and mid-September. During that time we also will be making the last changes on our forthcoming book manuscript, The Public Image, before sending it to the University of Chicago Press for the production work. We also hope to do a re-design of this website, to be rolled out in September, but that is well down the road at the moment. So–are you ready for the big disappointment–there will be no birthday post this year, even though our eighth birthday arrives in mid-June. That’s the age of the blog, not our mental or emotional ages, although some might wonder about that. In any case, we need the time off, and we plan to be back in the fall. If you are new to the blog, please feel welcome to browse around. There are over a 1000 posts in the archive, and should it be that our best work is behind us, that would be where you would find it.