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Academic overanalysis strangles ‘The Big Lebowski.’

May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34 • By ZACK MUNSON
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I don’t even have a joke for that one. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of equally quotable inanities here, but the sad fact is that these scholars do not actually have anything to say; even sadder is that they use far too many words to say nothing. And saddest of all, these meta-commentaries on the matterings of signified frontings are all very serious, very uptight, very un-Dude. The obvious question raised by all this bloviating, jargon-making buzzkill is, Why? Or as the Dude himself might ask, “What the $%*@?” Well, these are aspiring academics; what else do they have to do but ruin everybody’s good time?

Zack Munson is a writer and comedian in Washington.

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