This seems to be the week for confessions: I don't know Bergman's films, and I don't follow The Simpsons. Something about the animation just keeps me out. Lance started quite an anti-Simpsons zone at his place when he confessed that he HATES the Springfield family. It seems a lot of people have been carrying around this pop culture guilt, and they feel better now having expressed it. Mannion, that's quite a service you have provided.
I did see one whole episode, two years ago, the season finale, when Homer decides to convert to Catholicism. Marge has a dream that she dies and goes to the Protestant heaven, where everyone is playing tennis and sipping cocktails, but Homer and Bart are in the Catholic heaven, with the Mexicans and Irish and Poles all frolicking in ethnicity. Marge asks where Jesus is, and her Preppy guide says, "Oh, He's over there too"--which is a pretty deep gesture to the schism in Christianity.
I know, I know, that's what the series does well: actual ideas wrapped in pop cultural inanity. It still doesn't pull me in.
But, becoming a Simpson avatar is another matter. The Simpson's movie site is great. Go click thru and and you can make your own Simpson likeness. I'm takin' my avatar out for a spin. Have a great weekend everyone.