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Written by Chalupa   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 23:54

If you haven't heard, there's a new book you should know about called The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies.  It was edited by Ed Comentale and Aaron Jaffe who were our guests in 2008 for Episode 15 - Lebowski Symposium. The book is a collection of the best 21 essays and papers that were submitted to the first ever Lebowski Symposium. It's pretty great stuff. The interweb chatter about this book has been increasing and I found a couple articles I thought you might find interesting.

The first is a review by Michael Dirda. He describes the book as, "generally frustrating, if intermittently illuminating." While this isn't what I call a glowing review, he's not wrong he's just a....well, you know. Dirda complains about complicated terms being thrown around that may be confusing to the reader. Isn't the whole point of reading to increase your vocabulary and learn about new things and experiences? This book is by no means fluff. It's an academic book written by academics and there's a good chance some of the papers will be talking about topics you don't know much about or have never even encountered. That's not a bad thing. I'm more than halfway through the book right now and I haven't loved every essay but I've been able to find them interesting in some way. For the couple of topics I've felt out of my element, I've been encouraged and challenged to find out more. That's just like, my opinion though, man.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/30/AR2009123002389.html

The second article is by Josephine McRobbie from Indiana Public Media. She met up with Comentale for an interview and has a pretty decent write-up. There's some background on how the project came about and some details on the symposium.  She's definitely much more positive and her thinking isn't so uptight. Check it out.
http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/decoding-dude-academics-tackle-big-lebowski-book/

If you're interested in getting your hands on a copy you might be able to find it in a bookstore or get it from your library. If you're into buying books the best price I've seen so far is on Amazon.

 

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