You know you're a Lebowski if you can answer the question, "What's Shabbos?"
The complete Lebowskian answer is: "Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means I don't work, I don't get in a car, I don't f---ing ride in a car, I don't pick up the phone, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as sh-- don't f---ing roll!"
I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, 'The Big Lebowski,' and What Have You (Bloomsbury, $16.95) is 234 glorious pages of fan-book heaven for those who know, appreciate and understand the genius of the Coen Brothers' 1998 masterpiece, "The Big Lebowski."
Like a rug that ties a whole room together, this book has a little bit of everything ...
The authors of the book — Bill Green, Ben Peskoe, Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt — even got Jeff Bridges, who starred as The Dude in the film, to write the foreword.
"To me, the Dude has a certain type of wisdom," Bridges writes. "I like to call it the 'Wisdom of Fingernails': the wisdom that gives you the ability to make your hair and fingernails grow, your heart beat, you bowels move. These are things that we know how to do, but we don't necessarily know how we know how to do them, yet still we do them very well. And that to me is very Dude."
Many of the actors involved in the film gave interviews for the book with insight to their characters. Here's John Goodman (Walter) on why "The Big Lebowski" resonates so strongly:
"It's the writing. The writing, the detail ... I'm not going to start making up words here, but it's the noir quality of it ... Oh, crap, it's just funny. It's smart and it's funny. Jesus Christ, you know, my fondest wish is that we could do another one. But if we did, it would f--- everything up. It would just ruin everything."
Amen to that, too.
As quirky and funny as the movie is, the book is, too, with chapters on: how to "Dudefy" your life; the real people who inspired some of the characters; how the film became a cult classic; a guide to watching the movie, and a chronology of Lebowski Fests.
The authors are also the founding Dudes of Lebowski Fest, which began in 2002 and has since been held in Louisville, Ky. (its world headquarters), Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and recently in the UK. It's a growing fan event complete with bowling, drinking White Russians, dressing up in costume and of course watching the movie.
All I can say is, this reader abides.