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I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You Paperback – August 21, 2007
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The prerequisite for reading I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski is several viewings of The Big Lebowski, a white Russian or some herbal refreshment, and perhaps a cadre of like-minded comrades who don't roll on Shabbos and can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon...with nail polish. The authors expertly combine the laid-back slacker ethos of the Dude with a thoroughly academic look at the cult film. You can play Lebowski Mad Libs, read ridiculous television censorship of key movie lines, and learn how to Dude-ify your car and live by the Dude-updated version of Deuteronomy. Allusions to the Zen nature of the Dude abound throughout the text.
The book is christened by the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, in an introduction discussing his role in the film and relationship with the Coen brothers. Bridges writes that he is frequently asked if he is surprised by the cult following of The Big Lebowski. His response is that he was surprised it wasn't a bigger hit, following the critical reception of the Coen brothers' Fargo.
Nearly every other actor, from Julianne Moore (Maude Lebowski) to John Goodman (Walter) to the Ralph's Checkout Girl, is also interviewed. The authors even tracked down the real-life personalities who inspired the characters of the Dude and Walter. The Coen brothers do not comment on the film, offering instead a cryptic, ""You have neither our blessing nor our curse.Read more ›
I don't consider myself an achiever (similar to a trekkie, only drunker and more hip) I've only seen the movie 7 or 8 times. But I've seen enough to quote it constantly. Telling my wife that her "aggression will not stand, man," and yelling at my dog to "shut the ---- up, Donny" (even though her name is Sassy and she hardly ever barks), has made the movie a part of my personal history. It's not a movie you watch. It's one you absorb.
It was my ascending achiever status that scored me an advanced reader's copy. Someone told me to "Shut the ---- up, Donny!" and I simply pointed out that he was out of his element and the book appeared. Like sacred parchment shared secretly between disciples.
And that's the entire spirit of this book. Written by the people who started LebowskiFest after they found themselves trading lines of dialogue and laughs with complete strangers. This book goes deep into the movie with interviews of the cast, fellow achievers and even the actual people who inspired the characters. It's a validation of all those parroted lines ("Where's the money, Lebowski?"), and devoted hours, and white Russians consumed.
The problem with recommending this book is that it comes with The Big Prerequisite. You must see and love The Big Lebowski.Read more ›
There have been other books written about the Coen brothers and 'Lebowski's' more dry, film-making, technical side. But "I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What You" is really a book for the fans. It is filled with 'Lebowski' film facts, blurbs, interviews and photographs. No this is not some heavy, deep analysis of the film's themes (which I would also love for someone to write!). Instead its a light, fun look at all things 'Lebowski'.
I love the short interviews, that are throughout the book. Some interviews are with the film's actors, who talk about their characters and how they got involved with the film. Other interviews are with the folks, who were the real-life inspirations for the many oddball characters, who inhabit the 'Lebowski' universe. Who knew that macho, Director/Writer John Milius ("Red Dawn", "Apocalypse Now") is the source for the Dude's Vietnam obsessed, out of control buddy, Walter Sobchak? Who wouldn't want to get the 'true' story behind the Dude's stolen car and the homework from the real-life, 'little Larry'?
Another favorite from the book is a guided tour (with photos) of the real life, California locations found throughout the film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got for my husband but I also ended up reading it. It's full of behind the scene info and fun facts and is perfect for the dude fan in your life.Published 7 months ago by JustMissAsh
As an ordained Dudeist minister, I heartily recommend this boook. All the contents inside are thus deemed worthy of reading by other Dudes, because they contain essential details... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Retired Army Major
I bought a copy for my friends birthday, started to flip through it and ended up ordering another copy for myself. :)Published 10 months ago by Kimberly
Bought this for my fired who is a Lebowski fan, He loved it - He has actually added it to his non-fiction collectionPublished 14 months ago by Lisa
Oh my... The trivia, the actual stories behind
the stories. It really ties the room together.
In the film you wonder what is true and what is not... Read more
Gave this has gift to my brother. Found it in his bathroom a week later, must be good reading material.Published 15 months ago by George