For years — or at the very least since 1998, when “The Big Lebowski” came out — millions of Americans have longed to get life advice from the seemingly always even-keeled Jeff Bridges. Now they finally can.
Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin, announced yesterday that it will publish “The Dude and the Zen Master,” a book that, according to the press release, explores “the meaning of life, laughter, the movies and trying to do good in a difficult world.” The tome will be co-written by Bridges (he’s the Dude) and Bernie Glassman (the Zen master), a longtime friend of Bridges and leader in the spiritual Zen movement.
Naturally, in the quote attributed to Bridges in the press release, the word groovy is used.
Specifically, Bridges says: “Making movies and life have a lot in common. When you’re making a movie you’ve got a finite amount of time to do what you’re going to do. It’s a communal art form, collaborative. You work together with other artists to come up with something groovy, something beautiful. Life’s like that, too.”
Just reading that is like drinking chamomile tea while being surrounding by 87 scented candles, isn’t it?
The book is due out in November and, presumably, will make the entire American population finally just chill. In addition to de-stressifying prose, its pages will also include some of Bridges’s artwork. Let’s hope they also feature the Dude’s very special recipe for White Russians and some advice on how to find a rug that ties the whole room together.