Dear readers, a quick bit of news: we are going to be inviting a few of our readers as guest columnists onto the blog this fall and winter. As our editors get increasingly busy (both with submissions and with the holidays!) and also because until now the blog has been mostly just one voice (that of our senior editor), we're going to shake things up a bit. I look forward to seeing this blog become a noisier common room, with more varied and frequent reflections. So if you see a guest columnist or two appear, like marvelous and glowing jinns from an old lamp, please welcome them! I will keep posting as well. Also, if you have interest in becoming a guest columnist, drop us a quick line at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire further, and we'll chat.