MIKE PERRY & WENDY WHITE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEE MARVIN!

Mike Perry & Wendy White are two movie buffs I’ve encountered via social media. Although I doubt they know each other one thing is for certain: they both very much appreciate the life & career of Lee Marvin. In fact, each of them contacted me seperately to express their appreciation of my work on Lee Mavin Point Blank and to ask if they could blog about Lee Marvin on their respective websites. Canadian Mike conducted a Q&A with yours truly, while Pittsburgh’s Wendy constructed a rather impressive bio on Lee utilizing much of the  research I dug up while writing. Matter of fact, others on such social media sites as Facebook have taken it upon themselves to help promote my work, such as The Crime Film Club (see below).

Screenshot from Facebook’s Crime Film Club.

I find it quite comforting to know that even though my book came out 9 years ago, there are still folks like Mike Perry & Wendy White discovering it for the first time, reveling in it, and are willing to share it with their friends and family. Quite comforting indeed.
It reminds me of something my agent, the late Mike ‘The Mensch’ Hamilburg, said to publisher Tim Schaffner to help convince him to publish my book: “Lee Marvin fans will come out from behind the curtain and make the book a perennial.” It certainly helped that the video store in Tim’s neighborhood was having a Lee Marvin promo at the same time. Talk about the stars being aligned!
Well, as I said, Mike Perry & Wendy White wanted to share their appreciation for my work in celebration of what would have been Marvin’s 98th birthday and do so in grand style. So, without further ado, I give you Mike Perry’s Q&A and Wendy White’s blog entry. Enjoy! I know I did.
– Dwayne Epstein
P.S. Happy heavenly birthday, Lee!

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FACEBOOK: PROS & CONS

Facebook has been around now for well over a decade and with it has come both good and bad on a large scale and small. We all know the story of its conception via Aaron Sorkin’s excellent Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network (2010). It’s a complicated tale involving lawsuits, betrayals, manipulations, and other controversies that just comes down to the simple truth that Mark Zuckerberg simply wanted to get laid. Crude but true. 
 That said, not much has changed since then. In other words, Facebook is rife with both pros and cons and this writer has been on the receiving end of both. I joined Facebook initially at the request of some old friends as a way to reacquaint ourselves and to that end, Facebook is a wonderful tool. On the negative side are the well-known political rants, nasty comments and downright stalkers who inhabit the platforms of social media. They can be blocked, of course, but the damage is often done before that can take place. I once encountered some nut job who went around telling the world that he and I were working on a project together and was asking my friends for seed money. Bizarre. 
 On the plus side (and it is a a very big plus!) Facebook has proven to be an amazing platform to promote my work as sales of Lee Marvin Point Bank has proven. Most times that promotion is self-generated which I really don’t have a problem with. 
  However, on rare occasion, I’ll come across a Facebook post by a complete stranger that has me smiling like a butcher’s dog. Seriously. As I constantly grapple with ideas for content for this blog, I’ll come across something on Facebook that takes me by complete surprise and makes for an easy blog entry. Case in point, this recent post I stumbled upon from Facebook’s Crime Film Club….

Screenshot from Facebook’s Crime Film Club.

Pretty cool, huh? What I like about it, besides the obvious, is the fact that my book came out in 2013, and to this day it is still being discovered by new readers. Does  my heart good. Facebook has its problems but this member of its numbers proudly admires its usefulness. Thank you. You may now return to your regularly scheduled memes and rants.
– Dwayne Epstein

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