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                            Porno, Ergo Sum:

                     The Incredible Lightness of
                                 Being Male


                 This literary monograph was written in April 2000 for
                 the award-winning book The Burning Pen: Sex Writers
                 on Sex Writing, an anthology collected by M. Christian,
                 Alyson Books, November 2001. The text is the original
                 unedited essay included to illustrate one of the ways
                 Drummer was written.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context
                    Introduction written July 12, 2003
                 II.  The essay as published in The Burning Pen: Sex
                    Writers on Sex Writing, collected by M. Christian,
                    Alyson Books, November 2001
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations


             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                July 12, 2003


             Having earned an extremely useful double major in philosophy and lit-
             erature, I titled this essay “Porno, Ergo Sum” as a satirical spin on Rene
             Descartes’ “Cogito, ergo sum. I think; therefore, I am.”
                The premise of The Burning Pen anthology, published October 2001,
             was to investigate how writers create literary fiction which happens to be
             erotic. The samples of erotic writing quoted in the book represented bits
             from all the authors’ works of fiction. In the original anthology, my essay
             was published in tandem with my World War II short story, “Wild Blue
             Yonder.”
                The contributors examining themselves in The Burning Pen were
             Laura Antoniou, Scott Brassart, Patrick Califia-Rice, M. Christian, Jack
             Fritscher, R. J. March, Leslea Newman, Felice Picano, Carol Queen, Shar
             Rednour, Thomas S. Roche, Simon Sheppard, Cecilia Tan, and Lucy
             Taylor.



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