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Star Wars on Trial

The Son of Skywalker Must Not Become a Jackass

Or Finding the Ethical Core of the Star Wars Films By Ignoring the Ghosts and Muppets

by Scott Lynchon Star Wars

I had to lie during my interview with the evaluation board of my first volunteer fire department. Because of Star Wars. Or perhaps it was more of a calculated omission. In response to the question, “Why do you want to be a volunteer firefighter?” I rattled off a string of boilerplate platitudes–it seemed like it might be fun and interesting, a chance to serve the community, nobody likes to see his neighbors screaming and on fire, et cetera. The members of the board nodded sagely, examined the line on their evaluation form that read Possible Raving Freak Y/N, circled N, and that was that.

How might they have replied if I’d cleared my throat and said, “I’ve wrestled with a deep-seated desire to be a Jedi Knight ever since I was old enough to tie my own shoes, and this seems my best chance to act on that desire in some … read more»

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The Anthology at the End of the Universe

A Consideration of Certain Aspects of Vogon Poetry

by Lawrence Watt-Evanson the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Vogon poetry is of course the third worst in the Universe. The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria . . . . “The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England, in the destruction of the planet … read more»

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The Girl Who Was on Fire

Introduction: The Girl Who Was on Fire

by Leah Wilsonon the Hunger Games trilogy

You could call the Hunger Games a series that is–like its heroine–on fire. But its popularity, in itself, is nothing new. We live in an era of blockbuster young adult book series: Harry Potter, Twilight, now the Hunger Games. It’s more unusual these days for there not to be a … read more»

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The Psychology of Twilight

The Gestalt of Twilight

by Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D.on the Twilight Saga

“You are what your deepest desire is. As you desire, so is your intention. As your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.”

–The Upanishads

“I want you to be safe. And yet, I … read more»

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Beyond the Wall

Petyr Baelish and the Mask of Sanity

by Matt Staggson A Song of Ice and Fire

The world of a Song of Ice and Fire is an unbelievably cruel place: Heroes fall to the blade with no regard for the nobility of their character or the righteousness of their cause. Villains live on with seemingly little comeuppance for their wickedness. Life is hard, and the gods, … read more»

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