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Some good essays and a few clunkers
 from Los Angeles, CA,  Jul 17, 2010

The essays in this book are divided into two sections: Part 1--Intrinsic Models & Influences, and Part 2--Eccentric Activities & Behaviors. The essays in part 1 are a mixed bag. Some are insightful and draw interesting comparisons (ie: the Big Lebowski's similarities to a medieval grail quest or to the legend of Rip Van Winkle.) Most of the other essays in part 1, however, compare the Big Lebowski to obscure films that you'd need a masters degree in cinematic history to recognize. On top of that, they endlessly cite the same handful of quotes from the film. Comparisons start to feel forced; the joy of reading gives way to page skimming in search of new or more interesting content. The real gold in this book lies in part 2. Here, the essays delve into richer waters examining the quirky characters in the film and their cultural implications. Even the film's die hard fans are examined. Want to learn about the cultural connotations of bowling? Been thinking about the significance of white russians in Lebowski's world (or your own)? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the latter half of this book will leave you satisfied.

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