The Dude Arrives Each year, the quirky Lebowski Fest draws thousands of fans obsessed with the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski (1998), which starred Jeff Bridges as a laid-back Californian known as “the Dude.” Bombarded with requests from Chicagoans, the organizers decided to hold their tenth-anniversary kickoff event here; it runs March 7th to 9th, with an already sold-out screening at the Portage Theater, plus parties at Waveland Bowl and a costume contest (for info, lebowskifest.com).
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOVIE?
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE TAO OF THE DUDE?
HAVE YOU ADOPTED ANY LEBOWSKI-ISMS?
|Brian Asner, 27, marketing researcher, Humboldt Park||Twenty-five or 30||[Whether they like the movie] is a good indication of whether I get along with people.||For a long time, I was calling my girlfriend my “special lady friend.”||“Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism. At least it’s an ethos.”|
|Erica Pyle, 28, library employee, St. Louis area||Several dozen||In certain times, it reminds me to take ‘er easy. Just go with the flow.||There aren’t a lot of “dudes” being thrown around at the library.||“[Expletive] fascists.”|
|Tom Esterline, 43, landscaper and bartender, Indianapolis||More than 100||The Dude’s at peace with himself. All this shit happens to him, and he just moves on. I think that’s pretty cool.||At the bar I work at, everyone refers to me as “the Dude.”||Whenever anybody thanks me, I say, “The Dude abides.”|
|Jim Ekins, 44, “ski bum,” Cooma, Australia||More than 100||The Dude himself is the American people, doing what he’s told.||Australia’s very casual. Rather than “dude,” we use the word “mate” a lot.||“Let’s go bowling, Dude.”|
|Dan Prall, 67, retired chemist, Carrollton, Tex.||Roughly 50||Every man, if he’s got any sense, would want to live like the Dude.||I call a lot of people “dude.” I’ve gotten into that habit.||There are so many great lines. You can live your life quoting The Big Lebowski.|