I’m still new enough at the library to brag about how great our staff is without sounding like I’m gloating. (I had nothing to do with the greatness of the group of people I’ve arrived to work with!) So I have to applaud the depth of our collections. A few days ago, I stumbled upon this great book: The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, edited by Edward P. Comental and Aaron Jaffe.
I tell anyone who hasn’t seen The Big Lebowski (and who will still listen to me) that it is the best movie of the last couple decades. For those not initiated into the world of Jeffrey Lebowski (aka The Dude), this is a Coen Brothers film starring Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges as The Dude, an unemployed stoner bowler who inadvertently falls into a missing person case. Not very well-received upon its initial release, the movie has since amassed a large cult following and even has its own Lebowski Fest.
And now, The Big Lebowski has its very own volume of academic essays with titles like “The Really Big Sleep: Jeffrey Lebowski as the Second Coming of Rip Van Winkle” and “Lebowski and the Ends of Postmodern American Comedy.”
If you’re interested in reading more about the Coen Brothers, the masterminds behind The Big Lebowski, the library has other books about them as well. If all this Lebowski talk inspires you to take up bowling, the library has books and videos that can help with that, too.