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By Shane Goodman Publisher/Editor

Thrown, not mixed

Most of us have a drink of choice, something that may help identify us in a strange but not uncommon way. We are all creatures of habit, at least to some degree, and what we consume can say much about who we are. I am not sure what the Diet Sunkist Sparkling Lemonade I am drinking right now says about me, but I know it tastes darn good after a Saturday night of a few too many Heineken Lights (a new beer of choice after years of Captain and Cokes).

So when freelance reporter Douglas Burns pitched me a story idea about the White Russian, I knew he might be on to something (or maybe on something). He told me of a Drake professor who had written an essay about this iconic drink that Jeff Bridge’s character “The Dude” drank in the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski.” Craig Owens is one of the featured authors in “The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies,” a book compiled by Edward P. Comentale and Aaron Jaffe.

Burns interviews Owens in his Drake office, discussing the story of The Dude and the cult following of the movie 12 years later — robe, bowling balls, extreme casualness and all. With the growing pressures and anxieties in life today, maybe there are things to be learned from The Dude.

The lessons could start with learning how to properly mix a White Russian.

And not to bring the Pomeranian bowling. CV

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