Like The Dude from 1998’s The Big Lebowski, Jeff Bridges is a chill guy. He attributes much of his amiable nature to the teachings of his good friend and, most recently, co-author, Zen Roshi Bernie Glassman. The decidedly serene duo has paired up to pen The Dude and the Zen Master ($14), a collection of conversations that meanders through the intricacies of life in Hollywood — and life on the path to Enlightenment. (For advice on not treating objects like women, using correct nomenclatures for minorities and the Supreme Court’s stance on prior restraint, there’s always the good ole Duderino and pals.)
From the very first sentence, Bridges entertains with anecdotes about making his famous and decidedly Zen-like Dude come to life, citing lessons with a professional bowler that taught him to free his mind, stop over-thinking and to “just throw the ball”. Throughout, Glassman adds a sage tone and poignant words that, ironically, make the reader think. To be honest, you really could sit back and read it without wearing a bathrobe and drinking a White Russian (whether you want to do a J — well, that’s, like, your opinion, man). Either way, it’s sure to tie your personal library together.