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             cifically with athletics, jockstraps, and All-American dads’ attempts to
             program their All-American boys into sports against their nature. Crimes
             is subtitled “A Play about Survival.” As with Hair, one of the characters is
             shot, but in Crimes the fun and games turn serious. This play, like Drum-
             mer’s sports issue, is about fun that becomes self-defense. Like Network’s
             Peter Finch, gay men today are mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. If
             a gay man wants to jock it up, it’s not only okay, it’s a celebration. Why
             should straight guys wear all the juicy equipment? When you grow up,
             you can play the way your nature calls.

             Taste is as taste does and Drummer tastes a bit of everything. Drummer
             has pinned its nuts on. Reality and fantasy both are in this issue. Jerk to
             what you like: drawings, comics, hot fiction, articles about the actualizing
             of fantasies, new photos by new photographers, the CMC Carnival, the
             I-Beam macho disco, and parties like Night Flight. You name it.
                This masturbatory self-congratulation is to warn you that a new
             Drummer, good as the old, and even better to come, is in your hand right


             If you don’t have Drummer, buy it. If you can’t find Drummer to buy,
             subscribe, because in our next issue you’re gonna get put in “PRISON”
             so authentically you wouldn’t believe, and on top of that, the biggest up-
             front pumped-up exclusive of 1978 will be heading your way: ROGER’S
             BACK AND DRUMMER’S GOT HIM! (And Roger’s ten inches is no
             crime against nature!)

             NATURAL VS NORMAL
             As Capote’s Holly Golightly said in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “I’d rather be
             natural than normal.” The “norm” is what most people do: Dull. The
             “natural” is what men do according to their nature: Fanfuckingtastic! As
             David Baker, author/actor of the Crimes’ collective says: “To survive I’m
             butch.” He survives, as does the play, in the best Drummer tradition. If it’s
             okay to be straight macho, it’s just as okay to be gay macho. If it’s okay to
             be straight kink, it’s okay to be gay kink. After all on a desert island which
             would you rather have? Drummer’s gay machismo or Reader’s Digest’s “I
             Am Joe’s Pancreas.”

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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