Call me corny, but there’s something I love about widely understood cultural references. May the Fourth be with you.
Star Wars itself has not played a particularly central role in my life, but even so there are moments. I’m sure I remember seeing the first of the prequel trilogy at school – I suppose the teachers wanted to see it. I changed school a lot, but the group of friends I had for my GCSEs were very into Star Wars and one of them wanted to show me the films in chronological order to test how it might affect my opinion. I don’t think we ever got very far with that plan, and I don’t think I’ve actually seen the older ones. Still, when the new lot came along and I went to see the first of them in an IMAX with my friend and former editor Keith Stuart, I did feel a certain thrill to see the logo appear on the big screen – I’d never seen one in the cinema before, and it felt like the whole world had.
Today’s Meditation is simple, but evocative, and I love the aesthetic, especially the symbols. I’m not very good at it, but that hardly seems to matter.