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                While the Leatherneck mixed the two intense genres of “leather”
             and “uniforms,” the Ambush pitched its tent over a realistic crowd that
             embraced the fact that leaving one’s twenties and thirties behind could be
             gladly celebrated.
                The homomasculine Ambush was, in the “art form of a bar,” precisely
             the demographic I was intending to address in Drummer.
                Drummer publisher Tony DeBlase, much later, pointed out on page
             5 in his Drummer 100 editorial, this delicate distinction — that I had
             stamped Drummer with masculinity first and leather second. “Issues 12
             through 18,” DeBlase wrote, “were edited by Robert Payne [publisher
             John Embry], then with Drummer 19, Jack Fritscher came upon the scene.
             Under Jack’s direction, S&M per se became less prominent, and rough
             and raunchy male/male sexuality, often written by Jack himself, became
             the main theme.”

             I-B. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction, Part 2,
                written October 24, 2001

             Who Died and Left Vanilla Academics in Charge of S&M Culture?
             Drummer, Leather Literature, and Magazines
             Trashed by Gay Historians’ Politics and Mistakes:
             Claude Summers, Edmund Miller, and Robert Nashak in
             The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: A Reader’s Companion to the Writ-
             ers and Their Works, from Antiquity to the Present

             This is as good a place as any to invoke “fair use” and to defend Drummer
             and my friends’ and my own S&M literature.
                 History, especially the murky origin of gay history, should be as accu-
             rate as possible, and protected as an endangered species from the guns and
             poisons of revisionists. That is my goal in this collection about Drummer
             in which I take occasion to place a reader’s caveat that, in 1997, editor
             Claude Summers published an encyclopedic book, The Gay and Lesbian
             Literary Heritage: A Reader’s Companion to the Writers and Their Works,
             from Antiquity to the Present. At 786 pages, this ambitious book tries to
             codify gay and lesbian writers with a bit of their biographies and bibliogra-
             phies incorporated with themes and genres, such as “American Literature:
             Colonial,” “American Literature: Gay Male, 1900-1969,” “Erotica and
             Pornography,” “Sadomasochistic  Literature,” “Latino  Literature,” plus
             alphabetical entries of individual writers.
                A work of this noble sweep, written by multiple authors, has much
             to recommend its lists of names and dates. However, my reading of

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