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360                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               These disinformation quotes may be just the tip of the iceberg of
            inaccuracy in The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage.
               Not to cavil, but to explain, some corrections need to be made on the
            sixty-seven words of Edmund Miller, and the ninety-five words of Robert
            Nashak. Their neglect of Drummer seems a shameless insult to the world
            of leatherfolk culture. In their rush to publish rather than perish, many
            queer academics live in an ivory tower twin to the tower of Babel; skim-
            ming material, some seem desperate to be promoted — not to be accurate.
                I may be known for my signature novel of gay history, Some Dance
            to Remember, and for my short fiction collections, but, to amplify some
            of the shorthand inserts above, I did not begin my career in pornography
            as editor of a “true confessions magazine, Man to Man [sic].” I began my
            career with my novel, I Am Curious (Leather), written in 1968 and pub-
            lished in 1972. Over time, this novel entered the DNA of gay pop culture
            when excerpted in Son of Drummer (September 1978), then serialized
            with all of its chapters in Man2Man Quarterly 1980-1982, published fully
            again as a book titled Leather Blues by Winston Leyland’s Gay Sunshine
            Press, 1984; and excerpted in Stroke magazine, volume 4, Number 4,
            1985.
               So how did the fact-checker for Summers, Miller, and Nashak miss
            it? In 1977, two years before I invented Man2Man, I entered high-profile
            gay publishing as the founding San Francisco editor-in-chief of Drummer.
            I developed Man2Man Quarterly in 1979 and ran it eight issues for two
            years, and its title was never Man to Man, as Edmund Miller mistakes
            it, and it was not a “true confessions” genre written by a lot of different
            and anonymous writers like Boyd MacDonald’s Straight to Hell, because
            Man2Man Quarterly was all fiction and features that I myself wrote con-
            tinuing the Drummer tradition from the 70s into the “Virtual Drummer”
            of the first ’zine of the 80s.
               Also, Edmund Miller fails to note that my 1980s anthologies of short
            fiction are actually collections of my 1970s stories that first appeared
            in gay magazines, particularly in Drummer, where they were read every
            thirty days or so in each mass-market issue by thousands more readers
            than ever bought the books which have sold steadily through the years.
            Edmund Miller’s failure to mention Drummer as the source of this pop
            culture magazine fiction is an intellectual mistake of the kind that is usu-
            ally foisted by academic analysts who worship books but dismiss maga-
            zine culture.
               A pop-culture fact that is worthy of note: Drummer’s press run in the
            1970s, according to publisher John Embry, was 30,000 to 40,000 cop-
            ies, which means that multiplied by the pass-along average to two other
              readers besides the original purchaser of the magazine, each Drummer

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