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).
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!