By Gregory Kirschling
Updated July 27, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

Calling all disciples of the Dude, man. Your attention is directed to this essay on The Big Lebowski by the dude himself, Jeff Bridges. Taken from the foreword of the upcoming Big Lebowski fan guide, I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski, it really ties the room together.

Here’s Bridges on the notion of the Dude as Zen Master: “For me, the Dude has a certain type of wisdom. 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, your 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.”

The Big Lebowski is the Coen brothers’ finest effort — better than Fargo, better than Miller’s Crossing, better than O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anybody feel like disagreeing?

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