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
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).
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.
Big Lebowski (Motion picture)
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).