|Lebowski Studies Event|
|Written by Chalupa|
|Friday, 16 July 2010 08:59|
So last night one item on our agenda was go to Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Ave to attend the conversation and book signing for A Year's Work in Lebowski Studies. This book is the printed version of the Lebowski academic symposium held a few years ago during a Lebowski Fest. The co-editors, Ed Comentale and Aaron Jaffe, compiled the best 20 or so essays into a book and it's been available for almost a year now.
I must admit this is one of my favorite things associated with the film. Yeah, Lebowski Fests are fun, quoting the film with strangers is cool, and dressing up as your favorite character can be a blast, but what I really dig is sitting down and just talking about the film. This may be because I work in academia, or maybe it's just how I roll. The event was great. Everything went off w/o a hitch. Ed and Aaron had some opening statements, took some questions from the group, and even passed out some index cards for people to give their ideas on "Why did Donny have to die?" The winner won a Lebowski fan kit.
We, the royal we, was also asked to come and record the discussion. It was a lot of fun. Duder and I hung out in the back row (something I did throughout my academic career) with Scott, Will, and a few other achievers. I would guess 30 people came for the event which may sound small, but packed the room was packed. Several authors of essays in the book showed as well. I was able to get autographs from Andrew Rabin, Tom Byers, and Judith Roof, along with the co-editors Ed and Aaron. Here's a snippet of the audio below.
EDIT: Here's a link to the complete audio - Episode 43 - Lebowski Studies at Carmichael's