In praise of Star Wars Rebels

I'm changing the name of this blog, and #WeWantLeia is why

I spoil it for Siri

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Beatrice and I watch Star Wars together

[Review] William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

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They put me on the news to talk about Star Wars

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Star Wars Episode 7: All My Children?

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Tongal and Pringles bring us DYI desecration of Star Wars

Reminiscences about West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Here's the biggest Star Wars news of 2012

Stephen Quinn interviews me about Star Wars on CBC Vancouver

Star Wars: modern myth or global franchise?

Parents turn child's 1st birthday into extended Lucasfilm/Hasbro advert

Me reading from A Long Time Ago

Highlights and lowlights of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI

Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Beggar's Canyon Toys offer Star Wars toy "restoration" service

Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

LaserSaber: Unlicensed, dangerous and yours for only $99

Is this the future of Star Wars?

Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

Comme des idiots: Star Wars teams up with poncy fashion house

US Christian activist attacks SWTOR for being gay

Yodaphone--the latest product pitch from Star Wars Inc.

Attention tortoise-fanciers: do you like Star Wars?

History of Star Wars as related by a bot

Is Star Wars a travesty of science fiction?

Luke Skywalker and company on the Muppet Show

Yoda now shilling instant soup in Japan

Commander who?

$6000 for a toy you can't even play with

Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

Star Wars and disco: the forgotten love affair

Will Muschamp: What a guy!

Oi, fanboy: grow up! A reply to Darren Franich


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Entries in holidays (4)


Taunton Gazette reports on Star-Wars-themed Purim celebrations 

From the Taunton Daily Gazette:

Purim is celebrated by observing five religious obligations: The Book of Esther is read aloud from a scroll, charity is given to the poor, gifts of food are sent to friends and neighbors, a certain amount of drinking is encouraged, and naturally there is a Purim Feast.

There is also the Purim skit, or Purimshpiel.

This year, the youth group marked this humorous and festive day with a Star Wars-inspired skit: “Star Wars 5774: The Revenge of Shushan.” The title plays on the Jewish year of 5774, the number of sequels/prequels in the Star Wars series, and Shushan, the town in Persia where the action takes place.

I know, I know, it's "tauntaun" not "Taunton". But still...

Taunton Daily Gazette: Temple Beth El youth group marks Purim with a Star Wars-inspired skit


Star Wars Holiday Special burlesque

Loathe as I am to turn this into a Star Wars burlesque blog (see my last post), I can't help but note that a burlesque outfit in New York City called Hotsy Totsy is mounting a tribute to the Star Wars Holiday Special. Sez Hotsy Totsy:

It is the holiday season and time once again at The Home For Wayward Girls and Fallen Women for the annual viewing of Cherry’s favorite TV show: The Star Wars Holiday Special! Join us for a night of Star Wars themed burlesque acts and clips from the actual 1978 fiasco. George Lucas has reportedly said:  "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it."  We are so proud to own a copy!

If you have not seen The Star Wars Holiday Special, then you have not seen special guest star Bea Arthur sing and dance with the space alien bar patrons from the Tatooine Cantina. The Star Wars Holiday Special was quite possibly the worst holiday special ever conceived.  It is literally Star Wars meets The Carol Burnett Show as it stars the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford (they were under contract and couldn’t get out of it) and was written by the staff writers of the Carol Burnett show, featuring special guest stars Harvey Korman, Bea Arthur, Art Carney, The Jefferson Starship and a cast of fur suited character actors as Chewbacca’s family.  It is chock full of WTF moments, such as Carrie Fisher singing an intergalactic holiday carol to the tune of the Star Wars theme song and even includes Wookie-porn. We promise to show you the best (we mean the worst) bits.

Hosted by Cherry Pitz and Handsome Brad with performances by Brief Sweat, Clara Coquette, Hard Corey, Ivory Fox, Jenny C'est Quoi and Rosey La Rouge.  Kittening by Tiger Bay and gogo entertainment by Erika Rodgers.

The show starts at 8 pm on 17 December 2013 at R-Bar, 218 Bowery (between Prince and Spring), NYC. You can get advance tickets here. For more about the show, visit


ThisSortOfThing's 2013 Star Wars holiday gift guide

Star Wars Inc. reliably churns out vast amounts of merch and noise to distract us all from anything important that may be going on in the world. Much of it is crap, but there are gems, especially (but not exclusively) items produced by people without a Lucasfilm licence. (It must be said that Lucasfilm, and now Disney, are admirably tolerant of independent makers.)

So here's my latest list of likeable starwarsia, well in time for the holidays.

Zeon Star Wars watches

That's a goodlukeing watch. US$199 from ThinkGeek.

That's What I'm Tarkin About t-shirt

I own this and wear it frequently. Shouldn't you? US$12 from CoastCityShirts on Etsy.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

I've praised it before. US$12 or so (hardcover) on Amazon. Coming soon: The Empire Striketh Back and the Jedi Doth Return.

Star Wars skirts from GoFollowRabbits

For the Star Wars lady in your life (who may be you). Also available in R2-D2, Vader, Bounty Hunter and (if you'll forgive a brief departure from the Star Wars universe) this awesome man on the moon print. US$55 from GoFollowRabbits on Etsy.

Kenner action figures iPhone case

Awfully hard not to like this. US$16.99 from MichaelEllisCases on Etsy.

A Long Time Ago: Growing up with and out of Star Wars

"a thoughtful, funny, and beautifully written story...scathingly hilarious and bang on." -- Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing

Did you really think I wasn't going to plug my book? What do you think this blog is for? US$10.79 (paperback), US$2.87 (Kindle) on Amazon.

Oh and by the way

I still want these cufflinks. I put them in last year's gift guide but didn't get them.


2012 Star Wars holiday gift guide

Looking for gifts for the old-time Star Wars fan in your life? Here are a few tips. 

Chewbacca the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas cards

All of the other Wookies used to laugh and call him names.

Etsy: Star Wars Chewbacca the Red Nosed Reindeer 10 PACK

"Use the Force" cufflinks

Gorgeous and inexpensive (for cufflinks). Someone tell my wife... US$60. "Use the Force" Comic Cufflinks

Millenium Falcon bottle opener

It's enough to make you wish bottle caps weren't all twist-off these days. US$19.99.

ThinkGeek: Star Wars Millenium Falcon Bottle Opener

Vintage Star Wars Cardback Notebooks

Star Wars superfan Kevin Gawthrope (of KG's Vintage Star Wars Corner) makes these wonderful things.   

Etsy: Recycled Vintage Star Wars Notebooks

Spaceballs 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition

From the Amazon write-up: "Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man/half-dog sidekick (John Candy) race against time to free a princess (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Along the way, they meet the wise Yogurt (Mel Brooks), who teaches them the mystical power of "the Schwartz" in order to bring peace - and merchandising rights - to the galaxy!". US$8.

It never gets old. Spaceballs (25th anniversary edition)

Don't Hassle the Moff t-shirt

I'm not a big funny t-shirt guy. But I'd make an exception for this. US$20.

BS Design Store: Don't Hassle the Moff

Why Is Dad So Mad? single

OK so a digital single is a funny sort of gift to give, and for $1 it might seem a bit cheap. But for that hard-to-buy-for Star Wars fan of a certain age, it's right on target. US$1.

SoundCloud: Why Is Dad So Mad? (single)

Princess Leia infant onesie

Aww. It's so cute I'm going to ignore the mangling of Princess Leia's name on the Etsy page. US$24.

Etsy: Sewing Wars: Princess Layer Infant Bodysuit

A Long Time Ago: Growing Up With And Out Of Star Wars 

Don't take it from me. Ask  

At the end of it all, they are just movies. But for people like you and me, they meant a lot more; each film was a meaningful mile marker on our childhoods. A Long Time Ago captures those memories and transports you back to the living room floor, when the shag carpet was the Dagobah swamp and the gap between the couch cushions was the Death Star trash compactor. These are times worth revisiting and this memoir helps to bridge the gap. If you’d like to revisit a galaxy far, far away, give A Long Time Ago a look. As Van Ert’s daughter says, “It’s a good story, uh?”

US$11.99 (paperback), 4.99 (eBook) A Long Time Ago: Growing up with and out of Star Wars 

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