Like millions of other Star Wars fans, I found the Tusken Raiders (aka Sand People) both fearsome and laughable. Their weird sea-lion cries, pumping their staffs to the sky, riding single-file on mammoth beasts of burden, their bodies and heads wrapped like mummies.
Now, I get it.
Under quarantine in the midst of a heat wave, my head swaddled in cooling fabrics, eying my neighbors through binoculars to see whether or not they are wearing masks, I realize how deeply wrong I was to make fun of the Sand People and their way of life.
In an unprecedented effort to combat widespread pandemic fatigue, the Biden Administration has announced a massive deployment of Latin American musicians to perform at vaccine supercenters across the nation.
Musicians who specializing in Mambo, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, and many other styles have already parachuted in to enliven vaccine centers in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Salt Lake City.
At a White House press conference announcing the plan, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy explained the need for such a bold musical intervention.
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My father absolutely refused to wait in line for anything. “There’s something about it I can’t stand,” he said. “I don’t know what.”
I knew what. Perhaps you’ve seen the end of Goodfellas, when Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) says, “Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.” That was the something about waiting in line that my dad couldn’t stand.
One of the ways Americans used to make fun of communism was to…
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.
Before making the original Star Wars, George Lucas spent years working on Apocalypse Now, a film about the tragedy of America’s war in Vietnam. You don’t have to look too closely to see that, in its own way, Star Wars is also about the folly of American empire.
More specifically, it’s about the internal conflict between our aspirations to empire and our self-image as a righteous rebellion. And how that conflict plays out within us and between us.
They say you get religion either when you’re very young, or when…