Monday, January 04, 2010

The Dude abides:
The Big Lebowski and The Big Sleep.

There's been a flurry of recent publicity for The Year in Lebowski Studies that features essays on the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski, which has distinct parallels to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. To wit:
  • Michael Dirda's Washington Post review here.
  • Indiana University's piece on the coeditor, IU English professor Ed Comentale, here.
  • University of Louisville piece on its contributors here.
  • New York Times blog post here.
  • WFIU Artworks piece here.
We at Clues previously got into the act in issue 26.3 with Anthony Hoefer's "'Like tumbleweed drifting across a vacant lot': The Mythic Landscape of Los Angeles in Chandler's The Big Sleep and the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski." In addition, Kate Camp on Radio New Zealand discusses Chandler's book here in the program Kate's Klassics.

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