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            in amazement from both New York and LA attitude with their imperial
            court contempt of anyone who is not them. Five minutes with grandiose LA
            personalities like my longtime friend Larry Townsend, or John Embry, or
            Drummer writer John Rowberry would define this arch kweeniness whose
            fumes can overtake a room in seconds. Their hauteur was a contemptible
            attitude that San Franciscans joked about.
               While in LA for the National Book Expo America in May 2008, I
            asked editor Jeanne Barney, that veteran of the Drummer wars, who at that
            time was on the “no-fault outs” with both her friends Larry Townsend and
            John Embry (who hated each other), what was the cause of all the LA gay
            infighting and attitude. She responded to Mark Hemry and me that I was
            the second person to ask her that in the past two weeks, but she had no
            answer. At that lunch at Canter’s Deli on Fairfax, no one knew Townsend
            would die two months later, estranged both from Barney as well as from
            Embry who himself died twenty-six months after Townsend. That left me,
            and this book, standing in the rubble of their bitter triangle. Regarding
            the LA “Attitude”—which I initial-capped to signify it as a “character” in
            Some Dance to Remember, someone else suggested that historically there
            was so little to be won in the homosexual world that gays continue to fight
            over every possible crumb. So, giving ultimate LA attitude, John Embry
            responded with a distancing email, cold as a telegram, when I told him
            Townsend was dying in hospital.


               From: Jack Fritscher
               To: John Embry
               Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 3:33 PM
               Subject: Larry Townsend in ICU


               Our friend Larry Townsend remains in ICU. Hopefully, he may
               rally, but the situation seems very distressed. If you want more info,
               let me know. If you don’t want to know, let me know. May our
               world of readers and writers keep Larry in our thoughts and give
               him good energy during the next few hours and days.
               Jack Fritscher


               From: supermr
               To: Jack Fritscher
               Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 6:02 PM
               Subject: Larry Townsend in ICU




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