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My Wife Can Only Dream Of This

January 3rd, 2011

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the creator of the comic book and subsequent beloved TV series The Middleman, did the unthinkable and took a year off from Star Wars. Then he shared what he learned.

Some choice quotes:

“George Lucas didn’t rape a goddamn thing. He GAVE me my childhood. He provided the fat, pale and sensitive boy I once was with a vibrant, imaginative and optimistic idea of what storytelling could be. George Lucas engineered a waking dream that evolved into an overwhelming desire to become a creator on my own right. I am where I am thanks, in great part, to George Lucas.”

and…

“In my willing estrangement from Luke Skywalker and his merry band of rebels, I came to value their small and very personal adventure in contrast to the massive cultural apparatus it spawned. It now seems absurd that a film as sparsely populated — one whose triumph of the imagination was to imply massive scope through the judicious use of production design, location and editing while telling a relatively small hero’s journey story — has developed so overwhelming a cultural footprint.”

and also…

“While I can’t possibly understand the what drives a man who at a young age single-handedly changed the face of popular culture and was catapulted to a level of fame that would boggle the mind of a mere journeyman television writer, I suffer for having so close a relationship with the work of someone so preoccupied with an ever-so-elusive ideal of aesthetic perfection that he stamps out what made it great in the first place.”

While some of his arguments echo points I’ve made over my past couple of years as a semi-recovering Star Wars enthusiast, he relates them ever so much more eloquently. I think what most resonates with me about his essay is his discussion of accepting and even celebrating one’s past, flaws and all.

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