A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars

Overview

A dazzling collection of original essays by some of America's most notable young writers on the cultural impact of the Star Wars films

A Galaxy Not So Far Away is the first ever exploration of the innumerable ways the Star Wars films have forever altered our cultural and artistic landscape. Edited by Glenn Kenny, a senior editor and critic at Premiere magazine, this singular collection allows some of the nation's most acclaimed writers to anatomize, criticize, celebrate, and ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (20) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $65.00   
  • Used (17) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$65.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(179)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$240.87
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(525)

Condition: New
0805070745 Brand NEW Softcover ~ Tight & Bright ~ all books carefully examined & well packaged

Ships from: Waltham, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$240.87
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(217)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0805070745 Brand NEW Softcover ~ Tight & Bright ~ all books carefully examined & well packaged.

Ships from: Waltham, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

A dazzling collection of original essays by some of America's most notable young writers on the cultural impact of the Star Wars films

A Galaxy Not So Far Away is the first ever exploration of the innumerable ways the Star Wars films have forever altered our cultural and artistic landscape. Edited by Glenn Kenny, a senior editor and critic at Premiere magazine, this singular collection allows some of the nation's most acclaimed writers to anatomize, criticize, celebrate, and sometimes simply riff on the prismatic aftereffects of an unparalleled American phenomenon. Jonathan Lethem writes of the summer he saw Star Wars twenty-one times as his mother lay dying of cancer. Neal Pollack chips in with the putative memoir of a certain young man having problems with his father, written in the voice of Holden Caulfield. Erika Krouse ponders the code of the Jedi Knight and its relation to her own pursuit of the martial arts. New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell meditates upon the mysterious figure Lando Calrissian.

A classic assemblage of pop writing at its best, A Galaxy Not So Far Away is a book for everyone who loves Star Wars films and seeks to understand just what it is about these films that has so enchanted an entire generation of filmgoers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
A trade paperback original with intergalactic pizzazz. To assemble this tribute to Star Wars, editor Glenn Kenny enlisted the help of a diverse, sometimes perverse cast of characters. For original essays, he tapped not only New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell but also Onion head writer Todd Hanson. The topics are hauntingly offbeat: Jonathan Lethem writes about the summer he saw Star Wars 21 times as his mother lay dying of cancer. Erika Krouse ponders the metaphysical connection between Jedi warriors and her own pursuit of the martial arts. Finally, an anthology that recaptures the imaginativeness of the original.
From the Publisher
"'May the Force be with you' has been the mantra of Star Wars fans for a quarter century. In honor of Star Wars' silver anniversary, 16 novelists, journalists, filmmakers, and critics offer personal reminiscences. Like the Force itself, there is a light and a dark side to these essays ranging from The Onion scribe Todd Hanson's hilarious yet adroit defense of The Phantom Menace to Lydia Millet's use of Darth Vader as a metaphor for the loss of humanity . . . this is very entertaining and Star Wars fans will love it."—Booklist

"The mention of Star Wars inspires fervor among many writers. For some, their viewing of the films was life-changing. Premiere magazine editor Glen Kenny gathers essays that explore various takes on Star Wars from hip-hop activists, novelists, critics, and others."—Publishers Weekly

"An amusing stew of Vader views and Tatooine dreams offered by figures ranging from hip-hop activist Harry Allen to humorist Joe Queenan"—Variety

Publishers Weekly
The mention of Star Wars inspires fervor among many writers. For some, their viewing of the films was life-changing. Premiere magazine senior editor Kenny gathers essays that explore various takes on Star Wars from hip-hop activists, novelists, critics and others. Director Kevin Smith writes, "A brother just can't escape being a Star Wars dork sometimes"; writer Neal Pollack offers a parody that involves Osama bin Kenobi and Puke Skybarfer; Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) admits to seeing the original Star Wars 21 times in the summer of 1977; and book editor Webster Younce confesses that watching the Star Wars Holiday Special is "an agonizing experience." (Sept. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
"May the Force be with you" has been the mantra of Star Wars fans for a quarter century. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, 16 novelists, journalists, filmmakers, and critics offer personal reminiscences. Like the Force itself, there is a light and a dark side to these essays, ranging from Onion scribe Tod Hanson's hilarious yet adroit defense of The Phantom Menace to Lydia Millet's use of Darth Vader as a metaphor for the loss of humanity. What is sorely lacking is the voice of a diehard geek fanboy explaining why legions of people of all ages and backgrounds are stark raving bonkers over these B movies; why they dress up in costumes and replicate props, spend all their spare cash on paraphernalia, and queue up outside theaters months before the films open; and why they spend countless hours in chat rooms endlessly discussing every imaginable facet. Nonetheless, this is very entertaining, and Star Wars fans will love it. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805070743
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Kenny is a senior editor and chief film critic for Premiere magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jedi Mind Tricks, by Glenn Kenny

13, 1977, 21, by Jonathan Lethem

Pale Starship, Pale Rider: the Ambiguous Appeal of Boba Fett, by Tom Bissell

Dagobah, Nebraska, by Dan Barden

Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Catcher in the Red-Eye: Episode IV: A New Goddamn Hope, by Neal Pollack

A Night Out at the Memeplex, by Arion Berger

Married to the Force, by Kevin Smith

Works Every Time, by Elvis Mitchell

The Chrysanthemum and the Lightsaber, by Erika Krouse

The Force Visits Willoughby, Ohio, by Elwood Reid

Anakin, Get Your Gun, by Joe Queenan

Becoming Darth Vader, by Lydia Millet

It's a Wonderful Life Day, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Holiday Special, by Webster Younce

Planet Rock: Star Wars and Hip-Hop, by Harry Allen

Jedi Uber Alles, by Tom Carson

A Big Dumb Movie About Space Wizards: Struggling to Cope with The Phantom Menace, by Todd Hanson

Star Wars Tale, by Kate Bemheimer

A Star Wars Miscellany: Extracts Culled from Various Media, compiled by Aimee Agresti

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Writers and critics discuss the influence of Star Wars

    Glenn Kenny, ed. A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on 25 Years of Star Wars. Holt. Sep. 2002. C.288p. ISBN 0-8050-7074-5 pap. $15. ¿May the Force be with you¿ has been the mantra of 'Star Wars' fans world wide for a quarter century. In honor of the silver anniversary of 'Star Wars'¿technically 'Episode IV, A New Hope'¿16 novelists (Jonathan Letham), journalists (Tod Hanson), filmmakers (Kevin Smith), and film critics (Elvis Mitchell) offer personal reminiscences on the influence of the series on their own lives and society. Like the Force itself, there is a light and a dark side to these essays ranging from 'The Onion' scribe Hanson¿s hilarious and quite adroit defense of 'The Phantom Menace' to Lydia Millet¿s use of Darth Vader as a metaphor for the loss of humanity. Rather than a ¿'Star Wars' is cool¿ fan fest, the pieces are serious. In fact, they¿re too serious: what sorely is lacking is the voice of a die-hard geek fanboy soberly explaining why legions of people of all ages are stark raving bonkers over these B movies; why they dress up in costumes and replicate props; why they set their alarms for 4 a.m. to snipe Graflex lightsaber flashguns on eBay; why they spend all their spare cash on toys and paraphernalia, and why they queue up in front of movie theaters months before the films actually open, not to mention the countless hours spent in chat rooms theorizing endlessly on every imaginable facet of all things that transpired a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Regardless, what is here is very entertaining, and 'Star Wars' junkies will love it. Recommended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    Padawan's delight

    All right, I just had the pleasure of finishing a pre-publication galley of this book, and I have to say--it's great. It's just great. It's probably the funnest book I've ever read. I almost wet my pants laughing at Todd Hanson's piece defending The Phantom Menace. (Hanson writes for The Onion, surprise surprise.) Glenn Kenny has probably written the only introduction in the history of serious anthologies than turns on a love of Bugs Bunny. Joe Queenan's essay about why the Imperial Empire is to be admired and the Rebels are losers ('when Luke and Leia visit the planet inhabited by the Ewoks, they wear ridiculous helmets that look like toilet seats with Rolodexes glued on top of them') is all the funnier for actually being true. Tom Bissell's weird, long, and finally sort of brilliant essay about Boba Fett is probably the last word on the subject anyone needs to have. And Erika Krouse writes an unexpectedly sad and touching memoir about the Force and karate. Can you tell that I love this book? It's such a good idea, and so awesomely pulled off, that I can't believe no one thought of it before. (Bissell, it seems, is the guy who did. His bio also says he covered the war in Afghanistan. I think that's what you call range.) If you have any feelings for Star Wars, you will read AGNSFA again and again. And then you'll watch the movies, and then you'll read the book again. George Lucas will probably hate it (Tom Carson's essay does a real number on him) but he shouldn't. He should be flattered. Buy this and put it next to your lightsaber.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)