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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 7                        161

                of alienated souls. If a Drummer reunion were held, there would be
                enough angry people to fill the Cow Palace.

                If one thinks sex is God and God is sex, and sometimes as Tennessee
             Williams’ Blanche DuBois says about sex partners, “Sometimes there’s
             God so quickly,” Embry seemed cowed, not only by the LAPD, but by the
             fundamentalist South San Francisco printer who agreed to feed Drummer
             through his presses on the very “cheap” but only after midnight when no
             one, including his God, was looking. That right-wing hypocrite Christian
             printer was San Francisco Drummer’s first gratuitous censor. If the printer
             might balk and cause Embry to have to seek out a more expensive printing
             service, Embry would self-censor and yank any offending article or photo.
             To me, this was nothing new, because I remembered that it was their print-
             ers’ refusal that stopped Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press from
             publishing James Joyce’s Ulysses.
                In the then new culture war, Embry cowered even on cover photogra-
             phy when various bookstores across the nation refused to sell select issues
             in communities where the local onward-marching Christian soldiers judged
             magazines by their covers. When the Drummer covers were too gay, they
             were censored in Wichita, Peoria, and Knob Noster, Missouri. As both
             editor-in-chief and photographer, the more I coded the cover art to look
             like 1970s men’s pulp adventure magazines, such as the popular Soldier of
             Fortune and Easy Rider magazines, they were safe from censors: e.g., my
             prison cover of Drummer 21, the Mapplethorpe cover of Drummer 24, and
             my arm-wrestling cover of Drummer 30 whose vivid subtext to the keen eye
             is fistfucking not arm-wrestling.
                That religious censorship of Drummer was such bull that just as Embry
             had started The Alternate as rival sibling to his own Drummer, I ginned up
             the riposte of Man2Man Quarterly as a little magazine so low budget that
             printing costs were not an issue and could not impact the contents that I
             purposed to be grittier and more aggressive than Embry would allow in
             Drummer. In late 1979, as I was preparing to resign my job at Drummer, I
             inserted an announcement for Man2Man as a “Trojan Horse” advertisement
             inside Drummer 30, page 18, and began publication as “the first ’zine of the
             1980s” with Mark Hemry as publisher in January, 1980.
                Man2Man was, essentially “Virtual Drummer.” Embry, the constant
             plagiarist, knew it, and he immediately stole its title for his existing “Leather
             Fraternity” personals to add the new tag line: “Man-to-Man Personals.” And
             then, after he sold Drummer, he trashed Man2Man in his furious “letter to

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