I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski
By Bill Green, Bill Peskoe, Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt
The foreword by Jeff Bridges is a big bonus here but the real guts of this whole odyssey lives in the words of one Jeff Dowd. Dowd, for those who aren’t Achievers, is the real life basis for Bridges’ character in the Coen Brothers’ classic noir comedy, “The Big Lebowski.” “Achievers,” for those of you who aren’t, are those crazies single-mindedly devoted to the cult of “The Big Lebowski.” Now there is an official guidebook to the Lebowski Universe, a veritable Koran of all things Dude. It’s mandatory reading whether sitting on the can or between frames at the local bowling alley. The Lebowski juggernaut shows no signs of slowing. The local boys who’ve turned it into a bona fide cult phenomenon have done well; today fans cross oceans and continents to attend the yearly festival.
"Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema and an artist who changed the way the world perceived the movies, died Monday, local media reported. He was 89 years old."
I was reading a book by Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and probably Texas’ best known living author. This book is called Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, subtitled Reflections at Sixty and Beyond. I’m not sure who Walter Benjamin was, some kind of literary critic. But more to the point, McMurtry’s grandparents were land hungry Texas pioneers who lived a life characterized by hard work and perseverance… and the same was true of his father, a cowboy and small time rancher who worked his whole life fighting mesquite and prickly pear cactus. McMurtry said watching his father gave him the idea that work formed character… he spent all those years chopping back the mesquite and it kept growing back…working against impossible odds…it was a Quixotic thing. He said that the cowboy life…