The name of this blog comes from the Internet handle I took up years ago on starwars.com, kesseljunkie. 3PO lamented to R2 at the beginning of Star Wars, “We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel…smashed into who knows what!” Spice is, per the sources, a drug. Over time we’ve found out they also mined coaxium (hyper fuel).
Han Solo also bragged that he “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” So, when looking for something sufficiently geeky to create my own internet persona, I took “Kessel,” figured drugs produce “junkies” and hence “kesseljunkie” was born. I’ve used it ever since.
The original incarnation of kessel korner was on the (now-defunct) blogging platform at blogs.starwars.com/kesseljunkie. It launched all the way back on July 28, 2005.
Here’s the original mission statement:
Fans talk about everything, from the minute to the grandiose, from characters to plot. Kessel Korner is instead focused on the metaphorical, metaphysical and mythological layers that Mr. Lucas laid throughout his sweeping epic; I am not concerned so much with the machinations of the plot so much as what those machinations mean.
I like the more implicit intricacies of Star Wars, the things which are said without words and the places that are seen without senses. That does not mean I won’t discuss plot and character – I will. But I prefer to approach it from a different angle, one that perhaps you have yet to consider yourself.
Sometimes, when I’m inspired, I will also rant about other things. And I love to rant. Almost as much as I love Star Wars. That’s a lot.
I kept the name ‘kessel korner’ when switching platforms since I still write about Star Wars. It’s a unique name that I’m not willing to cede control over it.
As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I welcome opposing views, but loathe Internet groupthink. If you have an opinion, please have a reason beyond ‘because you feel that way.’
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It may not be always Shakespeare, but it’ll be always interesting!