(Much) Belated Notes on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pt. 1

The most recent entry in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens (Episode VII) hit theaters in December, 2015. I wrote some words after I saw it, with an eye toward publishing them. I never did. Until now.

I've organized my thoughts a bit more since I last looked at the document, and added some clarifying points, but other than those minor changes, the essay is largely unchanged.

I hope to get some more Star Wars writing out in the next few months as we come up on the 40th anniversary of the series.

The essay is in two parts, the first of which you can read here. Part two will show up next week.

What I'm Reading in 2017 (Pt. 1 of X)

If someone had told me in high school that, once I graduated from college, I'd have little time to read for pleasure, I want to believe that I'd have read more. But every time I think back to my reading experience in high school, I focus specifically on my junior year. That year was my laziest. I barely made it through reading Shakespeare and Sophocles and Richard Wright with a C in our accelerated English course. But Cs get degrees, so here I am...

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Back to Work

At the beginning of every year, I struggle to return to work. Coming back from three weeks of relaxing over the holidays is an uphill battle. This time last year I didn't manage the feelings of lethargy effectively and it translated into nearly everything I did. I have a better grasp on it, today, though I’m vigilant about not letting myself slide into my natural ability to rest. Still, these first few weeks of the new academic term will essentially be me getting into some sort of rhythm, but, just two weeks into it, so far so good...

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Let Us Begin

At the outset of a new year, I finally return to blogging, cataloging a selection of my thoughts, in whatever form, and present them at time of cultural, social, and political turmoil. Perhaps describing, and understanding, this tumultuous social and political environment will be the ultimate guiding theme of this blog: my academic interests concern agonistic political conflict, and it's uneasy to separate my life as a graduate student of political science and my actual life outside the classroom. Perhaps this academic lens muddies things a bit. Maybe it's an advantage...

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