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The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski
The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski
Price: £5.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to just taking it easy :), 15 Aug. 2011
As an active member of the Dudeist community I've been waiting a while for this book to be finished and released. I was a little apprehensive before reading it, not knowing what the balance between The Big Lebowski (TBL) and non-Lebowskiian Dudeist concepts would lie within.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was a good mix, and the concepts as presented within about TBL are actually quite insightful and aren't bandied about too much for no good reason.

The first part of the book is a wonderful deconstruction of TBL shedding light on some concepts I'd never dwelled on myself, giving me a few new things to mull over and maybe an extra life lesson or two to take away, as well as some new insights into society as a whole.

The second part take a look at a more broader part of Dudeism, encompassing many things from history and modern society that help tie Dudeism together so nicely with our core ethos. Merging parts of other religions and philosophies with social movements and people who exemplify different aspects of what we're all about it goes some way to moving Dudeism away from seeming like just some "movie cult" as it can often be perceived.

The third and final part looks at you, the reader, and how you yourself can learn to take it easier and truly abide with yourself and the world around you. This is really the true "guide to abiding" of The Abide Guide. With a little help from some other key figures in the Dudeist movement the authors explore how to attune yourself to the nature of your inner Dude in a near-parody of a self-help guide.

I certainly enjoyed it a lot, and look forward to further books on the subject that help to further flesh out what's been started here. An all-round great introduction to Dudeism and becoming more Dude.


The Guardian and the Observer
The Guardian and the Observer
Price: £9.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service, great value, 12 July 2011
I've only been on the 14-day trial of this e-paper for three days and I'm already sold.

First of all, the prompt electronic delivery via wi-fi is an absolute blessing for someone who does shift work (in a wi-fi hotspot, that is). There I was, at the weekend, with the morning's paper in my hand at 2:30am, perusing the day's news and all the Sunday sections before anyone in the country had seen a paper copy (which is a great comfort when balanced with the fact everyone in the county was tucked up in bed).

An instantly striking feature is the table of contents page where you can browse sections and headlines to skips straight to articles you're interested in and bypass sections that are not of personal interest. This can be accessed at the touch of a single button at any point in the reading experience, and likewise you can return to the place you left in the same fashion. Articles as easy to browse in this fashion, or page-by-page, or article by article.

The content of the electronic version is wonderfully packed with articles so I feel I'm hardly missing out on anything up the crossword. Relevant pictures are added in good quality to articles, although there is no an overabundance to spoil the flow.

And, far be it from me to balk at the price. The starting subscription fee of £9.99 pcm works out to be around 33p a day. Not a bad price for a newspaper of such quality, by any stretch of the imagination.

For a great price this e-paper is delivered promptly, easy to navigate and wonderfully full of the same great content as the printed edition, all in a compact form of a Kindle!


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