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            a journalist and a non-fiction writer and extensively published. i knew mark
            thompson and john preston personally and had written pieces for some of
            their anthologies.

            FRITSCHER: In a feminist era, if a man edited a women’s magazine, there
            would be a certain outcry—even though twenty years before you my pal
            Jeanne Barney was a great editor-in-chief of Drummer. What was your feel-
            ing and intellectual take (and/or difficulties) as a female editing a famously
            male magazine? What might you judge to be your greatest difficulty at
            Drummer? Or your greatest contribution to Drummer? Or the best/worst/
            hardest thing about editing Drummer?

            STAMPS: i knew that drummer had had female editors before. [Factually,
            before Stamps, Drummer had only one female editor, Jeanne Barney, who
            was not “editor,” but was, in fact, “editor-in-chief” of Los Angeles issues
            1 to 11, 1975-76. The only two people ever named “editor-in-chief” were
            Barney and Fritscher.] most recently albeit briefly pat califia who was the
            editor before marcus wonacott. [Factually, while Marcus-Jay Wonacott
            was the editor of Drummer, Pat Califia, never the editor of Drummer, was
            billed as an “associate editor” (issues 173-176), and then double-billed with
            “associate editor” Wendell Ricketts (177-179).] i had been the one that
            had informed pat of an opening at drummer. personally, i would not have
            applied for the job because i was a woman. but when mark asked me i knew
            that drummer was in a lurch. plus as a writer and editor i love text. when i
            was editor it was in tandem with an outside consultant that martijn hired
            on sam sanchez. the staff had shrunk from around 11 to about 5. sam
            was the first outside consultant/designer at drummer. he was a latino gay
            man who had minimal if any exposure to the men’s leather scene. he was a
            designer and wrote text and basically pulled the final product together. sam
            and i had many conversations about how to restructure my role or his role
            but he did not want to be editor. unlike anyone else at the time at drummer
            i was the only person involved in the sm scene. i saw my role as one of iden-
            tifying the key photographers, writers, filmmakers and illustrators already
            involved in drummer and maintaining the magazine’s vision. i did not see
            myself as a figurehead nor setting a new direction. quite honestly, i had very
            little if any authority as editor. martijn had the final say on everything. i
            had a great deal of responsibility but virtually no influence. it was a messy
            situation with lots of vagueness. it seemed that drummer had disconnected
            from the leather men’s scene before i arrived. perhaps it had already run its
            course. many of the original writers, photographers and illustrators were

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