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            leather magazine Honcho edited by Doug McClemont. Larry’s writing
            also appears in Bound and Gagged magazine and in the lists of Richard
            Kasak’s Bad Boy Books as well as of Alyson Publications. Ask Larry: The
            Collected Notebook, the hard-core back-beat to The Leatherman’s Hand-
            book, was published by Masquerade Books in 1995.


            TOWNSEND: PUBLISHER TO THE LEATHER AUTEURS
            Larry Townsend, the person, and “Larry Townsend,” the Brand Name,
            are a very viable pair. Larry remains, twenty-five years on, an active and
            very declarative public voice driving leather evolution in manners, mores,
            playing, and plague. He laughs, when he’s not steaming mad, about
            resisting the lesbigay trend of political correctness that has nothing to
            do with masculine leathermen who prefer men masculine. Ask Stephen
            H. Miller. Larry is pro-men without being anti-women. So, he remains a
            favorite with both male and female leather audiences. Larry speaks often
            at seminars and reads with sense and sensibility at literary gatherings
            accompanied by his 90-pound Doberman Pinscher, “Mueller,” who man-
            ages crowd control. He has written more than 26 books of fiction plus
            three nonfiction books. His 1997 novel, Czar, is an historical epic of
            literary S&M, and is a crowning achievement of his much-published life.
            Townsend is a contemporary writer, photographer, leather player, media
            personality, and businessman. As L. T. Publications he has himself pro-
            duced more than 60 books and has published more than 55 gay writers
            of S&M leather literature.


            OLD GUARD, NEW GUARD!
            THE ONLY TRUE GUARD IS AVANT GARDE

            However, no good deed goes unpunished. That’s a basic tenet of S&M.
            So, naturally, on the progressive occasion of the 25th anniversary of The
            Leatherman’s Handbook, it is necessary to weed out a certain hatefulness
            of rhetoric hurtful to the progress of leather and of homosexual activism
            itself. In a direct attack on Townsend, some “leatherish novice” recently
            coined the label “Old Guard” to discard the wisdom of deeply established
            writers, mentors, and teachers, and classic books such as The Leatherman’s
            Handbook.
               Shades of the Cultural Revolution in China where intellectuals and
            artists were murdered or exiled to remote work camps. That self-centered
            novice devised such exclusionist coinage as a separatist way of showboat-
            ing his/her own generation as “New Guard.” Shame on such “politically
            incorrect” ageists who should be slapped across the face (with a leather

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