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ICYMI: My Star Wars Lecture!

In case you missed my public Star Wars lecture entitled "The Jedi, the Cowboy, and... Thomas Edison? Pulp Science Fiction and Star Wars," it is available now for free as a video and in audio-only form here.

In addition, tremendous thanks to everyone who voted in my recent October-related poll. If you haven't yet, the poll is still open!



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Ace Hamilton
Aug. 19th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
Great job, Amy! Loved it!

You know, even as a wee child, I was always conscious of how Star Wars was a patchwork of influences, yet still felt so completely fresh and original. I guess it's just a magical recipe; the ingredients are familiar but the flavor is unique.

I had a similar experience when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. In that case, although it was obvious that the film was based on past adventures, I really had seen any of the old serials, so I could never figure out why it evoked such nostalgia for me.
Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

the ingredients are familiar but the flavor is unique

Well said. You're right about Raiders, too. I had the same impression when I first saw it!
Ace Hamilton
Aug. 22nd, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Maybe Raiders is just the quintessential adventure film, frame of reference not required.

I remember around the same time seeing a parody on SCTV of the Bowery Boys. I had never seen one of those movies, had only vaguely been aware of their existence, but when I saw that I immediately felt like I knew them perfectly.

Aug. 19th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I look forward to watching when I get a chance!
Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks for watching/listening. :)
Aug. 20th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed the lecture, and like the idea of being able to rematch it anytime I chose.
Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Thanks again for attending and being so supportive. And, you know, being generally and unfailingly awesome. :)
Jim Long
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:46 am (UTC)

Edited at 2015-09-04 07:50 am (UTC)
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