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In a Galaxy Far Far Away

I still remember the first time my dad took me to see the re-releases of Star Wars in theaters. It was 1997 and I my excitement was Palpatine  (correction: palpable). My deceased grandfather fondly recalled the song from Chalmun’s Cantina on Mos Eisley. Although I never met him, listening to the Cantina song was a way to pay homage to him. Even my dad, when he first immigrated to America in the seventies, remembered the excitement the movies held for him. Seeing these epics was a way to connect to my family.

Star Wars Lifestyle and Home Decor Retro Travel Poster of Tatooine // Star Wars Pillow Case – Robot Pattern // Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster, Minimalist // Star Wars x Super7 Collection: The Imperial Forces Wallpaper

The Sci-Fi film was so exciting. I wanted to be a Jedi more than I wanted to be a famous actress, a fireman, and all those other occupations that every fifth grader wants to be. I remember trying to tuck myself in with my mind; if only I stare at the blanket a second longer, it will work! Jedi mind tricks take concentration! Or, if it were really cold, I would pretend to be inside a Tauntaun. For the holidays, all I wanted was the VHS Special Edition Trilogy Box Set. I took to calling anyone named Ben “Old Ben Kanobi” and cousins named Leah became “Leia”.

No longer does geek-chic need to be schlocky, or campy, or kitsch!

Really, I was a weird kid, and Star Wars told me it was OK to release my wild imagination. It was my gateway film into all science fiction and fantasy – Ender’s Game, His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Martian Chronicles, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dune, etc. Star Wars kicked off my nerdom, and the universe still holds a place and my heart, and for the first time ever, my home.

Star Wars Lifestyle from The Walkup

photograh // magnets // stationery // iphone case // overnight bag // book // pillows // shirt

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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