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Author: John Pierson
Original publication date: January 6, 1997

To believe in projects as daring and unconventional as Kevin Smith's Clerks, Michael Moore's Roger & Me, Richard Linklater's Slacker, and Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, you've gotta be a little crazy. And that's exactly what behind-the-scenes maverick John Pierson is, a production representative who helped push all of those groundbreaking debut films through, and, inadvertently, assisted in redefining independent cinema in America.

All of Pierson's most fascinating memories and wisdom from those experiences are compiled in Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes, a compelling book that, admittedly, is more self-congratulatory than clear-headed. Still, the man brokered some risky, unexpectedly lucrative deals, so even reading his one-sided recollections of those business moves makes for fascinating stuff. —MB