I'm unfamiliar with the Coen Brothers' work, for the most part, although I've enjoyed "The Big Lebowski" a couple times and watched most of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Do we get White Russians on Thursday? Pretty please?
I've seen a fairly random assortment of movies, owing partly to the fact that I seldom went to the theater as a kid, and almost everything that wasn't rated G was suspect in our household. One time my cousin was babysitting me and put "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" on, and I freaked out when that one guy pulls the beating heart out of that other guy. It's all fun and games until someone's heart gets ripped out. Sometimes I would end up watching whatever my parents had on, if they let me, which is why I suspect I'm one of few people my age to see "Being There." There were a few videos we had at home which I ended up watching over and over and memorizing (yes, videos, keep in mind I'm 30). If you want quotes from Mary Poppins, Muppet Treasure Island, or Cool Runnings, I'm your woman. Keen observations about cinema, not so much.
Eventually, my mom wanted someone to watch "The Full Monty" with, so I finally saw my first R-rated film (still a favorite, by the way). A few years later and "Amelie," "Y Tu Mama Tambien," "Fight Club," and "Monsoon Wedding" made their way into my life, so I guess this is happily ever after.
All this rambling is to say that I'm not confident about discussing film, and even though I've been exposed to the Coen brothers, it's been a while and I don't have anything much to say about them without watching more. I've forgotten most of what I saw in the first place. I recognize that The Dude is a loafer, and can appreciate the Whitman connection there, but have nothing to add to the discussion. I'm looking forward to learning more about the Coens' connections to Whitman, though. Especially if you give me a White Russian.