Monday, March 22, 2010

Lebowski Studies

"Metonymic Hats and Metaphoric Tumbleweeds: Noir Literary Aesthetics in Miller's Crossing and The Big Lebowski." "No Literal Connection: Mass Commodification, U.S. Militarism, and the Oil Industry in The Big Lebowski." "What Condition the Postmodern Condition Is In: Collection Culture in The Big Lebowski." These are all titles of essays in the new collection The Year's Work In Lebowski Studies. Some people might think a book like this is another example of postmodern tendency to ridiculously over-analyze everything, but you've got to remember, The Big Lebowski is a very complicated movie, you know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous, and the essays in this collection actually say a lot of smart, fun things about said what-have-yous. It's one of the few movies I've ever seen that is as much fun watching to examine the relationship between The Dude and the New Left as it is watching to cope with a hangover. Pick up I'm a Lewbowski, You're a Lebowski, by the founders of Lebowski Fest, as well, and your library will have a very respectable Lebowski Studies section.

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