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The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies

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A massive underground sensation, The Big Lebowski has been hailed as the first cult film of the internet age. In this book, 21 fans and scholars address the film's influences--westerns, noir, grail legends, the 1960s, and Fluxus--and its historical connections to the first Iraq war, boomers, slackerdom, surrealism, college culture, and of course bowling. The Year's Work in ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Indiana University Press (first published October 1st 2009)
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Tristram
"Well, There Isn't a Literal Connection, Dude!"

Dieses Waltereske Zugeständnis wird man beim Lesen einiger der in Edward P. Comentales und Aaron Jaffes Aufsatzsammlung "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies" versammelten Beiträge sicherlich machen müssen, denn es ist schon verblüffend, zu welchen Geistesausflügen The Best Film Ever manch einen Akademiker hinreißen kann. Doch wird man sicher nie so weit gehen, sich der Replik, die der Dude Walter in diesem Zusammenhang macht, anzuschließen, denn Dre
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Andrew
"If the Dude appears as the 'creature who reportedly emerges at the end of history,' then the Stranger is the Last Man's critic and fan--in short, the academic. He provides a Marlow to the Dude's Lord Jim, a proxy for the Archimedean predicament of the critic-philosopher at a juncture of historical extremity and semiotic overload. He just points at something innerestin' and gently nods. (32)"
MM
I used the film in a class and so I assigned some of the essays in this collection. A somewhat uneven collection, but interesting nonetheless, and helpful. I particularly liked the first essay, likening the film to Rip Van Winkle -- gets at questions of industry, economics, politics, war, gender, work.
Roy Hudson
I had to shelve it halfway through. The problem with an academic anthology on one topic is that, no matter which aspect of the subject you write on, there WILL be repetition throughout the book. I ran into a lot of that with this book; so much that I became bored and gave up.
Joseph D'Agnese
Slow going. Leave it to academics to wring the juice out of something lovely. A must for diehard fans. Just don't expect to whip through it.
Idiosyncratic
A quote I particularly liked: "In the mouths of consummate vulgarians, fuck is a word of dazzling polysemy, of stunning referential plasticity".
Charity
Some okay essays. Some really stretched the reading of film/comparisons.
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