I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You

By Bill Green, Ben Peskoe, Will Russell, & Scott Shuffitt; Foreward by Jeff Bridges

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Bloomsbury, 2007

Genre: Non-fiction, social science, popular culture

ISBN: 9781596912465

Intended audience: Achievers

Number of pages: 237

Setting: USA, mostly California but also Louisville, Kentucky

Time period: Contemporary

Description: This book is a must read for any “Achiever”, or true fan, of The Big Lebowski.  Written by the folks who created Lebowski Fest, it is filled with trivia, interviews, and true life stories upon which parts of the movie were based, such as the real Little Larry.

Illustrations: The book contains photos from the movie, Lebowski Fests, and of people interviewed.  There are also some illustrations scattered throughout the book for what have yous like “D.I.Y. Home Security” (p. 14), “A Bowler’s Celebratory Dance” (p. 80), and “The Dude’s Nutritional Pyramid” (p. 192).

Appeal factors:

Pacing: In spite of the book’s ins, outs, and what have yous, this is an easy to read book with a fast pace.

Characterization: The text is written in both third person and first person plural tense.  Characters include actors from the movie, bums, achievers, and citizens.

Frame: The frame for this book is the movie and how it has affected people around the world.

Story line: The bulk of the book is interviews with actors and people whose lives contributed to the movie’s story line.

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Big Lebowski (Motion picture)

Similar authors:

The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies edited by Edward P. Cometale and Aaron Jaffe

The Dude Abides: the Gospel According to the Cohen Brothers by Cathleen Falsani

The Dude De Ching by The Church of the Latter Day Dude

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance by Adam Bertocci

Personal notes: Not only does The Dude abide, but so does The Big Lebowski.  I loved reading this book.  I took my time with it – checking out the movie from the library so I could watch it in context with the book.  Eventually, I decided to purchase the movie (along with Raising Arizona) because I love them both so much…   I may end up purchasing this book someday.  My favorite part of the book is chapter 3 – “Way Out West.  Origins and Inspirations”.  I also enjoyed reading how some of the lines had been translated for television viewing – “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!”.  Too funny.   A bit of trivia: “the word fuck and its variations are spoken 281 times in this film” (p. 4).

Other:

Website for Lebowski Fest

Website for The Church of the Latter Day Dude

“New Shit has Come to Light: Information Seeking Behavior in The Big Lebowski”

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