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A Galaxy Not So Far Away


A Galaxy Not so Far Away

A Galaxy Not so Far Away: Writers and Artists on 25 Years of Star Wars will appeal to you if you:

  • Are a Star Wars fan
  • Have ever been a Star Wars fan
  • Hate Jar Jar Binks, whom one author will only refer to as HWSNBN (He who shall not be named)
  • Have ever been annoyed with George Lucas
  • Like good film writing
  • Like short books
  • Can’t figure to exactly why Darth Vader is such a compelling character
  • Lust after Billy Dee Williams with great ardency
This is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. It just happened to pass by the desk and I grabbed it. When I saw that Jonathan Lethem was involved I was pretty sure I’d love it. I did.
Galaxy is not just a series of fan letters from geeks. Some of the essays are actually critical and nasty in parts, but in that fun, knives-out-type-of-review way. Some of them are very moving. I found every single one of them extremely interesting.

To give you an idea of the scope of the topics covered, Galaxy writings on:
  • The  effects of Star Wars on hip-hop culture
  • Kendo and light-sabre fighting
  • Bill Dee Williams and serious mackdom in space
  • Luke–why was he so whiny?
  • Carrie Fisher, some uncomfortable tape, and choosing a different man at the end of each day in order to…
  • An absolutely hysterical essay about the SW Christmas Special
  • The humorlessness of George Lucas
  • Fascism in the movies, or the lack of it
  • Nerds and nerd culture
  • Why Boba Fett is way more popular than people realize
  • And much more
I know that some of that looks like it could only appeal to geeks. Maybe that’s true. I was the perfect age when Empire Strikes Back came out and my own childhood was consumed by Star Wars. Among my own circle of friends, being a kid at that time was the exact same thing as loving Star Wars. 

If nostalgia–and there’s plenty of it here–has no appeal to you, I still recommend the book. It’s smart, it’s got a wonderfully varied selection of writers and topics, and it’s only about 200 pages long.
But mostly, if you hate Jar Jar, you need to read a couple of these essays.

To wrap up, I’m going to give you a clip of the Christmas Special. If you’ve never heard of it or seen it, get ready. It’s truly hideous. It’s so bad that it’s hardly even fun to laugh at.

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  • Jeanette November 24, 2011, 4:05 am

    Where did you find this little gem?!? It vaguely reminds me of a Geico commercial……this could only be funny at 3:00 am…..

    • Josh Hanagarne November 24, 2011, 10:19 am

      Youtube. There is another 50 minutes so you have a long way to go.