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The Big Lebowski - NYTimes - "Dissertations on His Dudeness"
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:45:46 PM »
The New York Times today has a cool article "Dissertations on His Dudeness" about the Big Lebowski cult.  The movie has inspired three books:

- “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers”
- “The Tao of the Dude”
- "The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies"  (In one essay a professor compares the Dude to Rip van Winkle for his “friendly charisma” and for his “insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor.”])

Excerpts from the article:

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 movie, “The Big Lebowski,” which stars Jeff Bridges as a beatific, pot-smoking, bowling-obsessed slacker known as the Dude, snuck up on the English-speaking world during the ’00s: it became, stealthily, the decade’s most venerated cult film. It’s got that elusive and addictive quality that a great midnight movie has to have: it blissfully widens and expands in your mind upon repeat viewings.

The Big Lebowski exposes “the sickness of a straight society premised on the Puritan work ethic.”

If the phrases “Nice marmot,” or “You’re entering a world of pain,” or “I can get you a toe” mean anything to you, then “Lebowski” has entered your private sectarian world.

"[The Dude] doesn’t stand for what everybody thinks he should stand for, but he has his values. He just does it. He lives in a very disjointed society, but he’s gonna take things as they come, he’s gonna care about his friends, he’s gonna go to somebody’s recital, and that’s it. That’s how you respond.”


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Anybody have any cool Big Lebowski stories?  Anybody gone to the LebowskiFest?

I've got a DS one sheet and an Italian 4 sheet. Anybody have any other treasured BL posters?

P.S. I also have an excellent-quality digital reproduction of the US one sheet if anybody wants it for free (plus actual postage) - I think I paid $25 for it a while back.  (See attached pic).
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