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Dude Agonistes: A Picayune Intellectual History of The Big Lebowski (Guest Post by Peter Kuryla)

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of four biweekly guest posts by Peter Kuryla.  — Ben Alpers Joel and Ethan Coen’s now cult-classic The Big Lebowski either does some surprising cultural and intellectual work, or more likely, it doesn’t do much of anything. Who knows? In the early 1990s, when the film is set, Americans fought what might be understood as the last battle in the Cold War, namely the first Gulf War, if we recall that Iraq had been a bothersome ally of the Soviet Union. The U.S. was in the throes of what Francis Fukuyama Read more