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            life. Personally, I was never bullied or abused by anybody until I entered the
            killing fields of gay culture where verbal abuse and attitude are acceptable
            behavior, and visions of patricide dance in feminist heads. John Waters’ halo
            slipped when he told The Advocate (11/2/2015) what it liked to hear:

                   I love radical feminists, even though I sometimes don’t agree
               with them. I don’t like women-hating gay men, but I don’t mind
               women that hate men. They have more reason.

               Shouldn’t gays, always insisting how we demand tolerance from straight
            society, first tolerate each other and lip-synch to Joel Grey singing about
            tolerance in Cabaret (1972), “Leben und leben lassen/Live and let live.”
               The unspoken truism about homosexual psychology is that many gay
            people are “forced” to be “liberal” because—except for the wild card of homo-
            sexuality—they are likely as conservative, prejudiced, separatist, sexist, and
            racist as their pistol-packing relatives pigging out on fast food in Red States.
               Drummer was designed to be erotic.
               Eros is the heart of gay literature, pornographic or not.
               Erotica is not “time out” from literature.
               Erotica is gay literature.


            Once a San Francisco writer, Anne Rice, in her double-jointed literary
            career as the aka “erotic author, A. N. Roquelaure and/or Anne Rampling,”
            knew eros was literature. At least she did before her late-in-life return to
            Catholicism which, after writing a Jesus novel, she seemed to renounce a sec-
            ond time. While it’s true she wrote Interview with the Vampire in the Castro,
            and it was published in May 1976 when Drummer was a year old, a stake
            needs be driven through the urban legend about Anne Rice and Drummer.
            I was paying attention because years earlier I had written my occult book,
            the nonfiction Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch’s Mouth, in the
            Castro in 1969-1971, for its first publication in 1972 by the Popular Press,
            an imprint of Bowling Green State University Press.
               Drummer published two excerpts from Rice’s novel, Exit to Eden (1982):
            “Beauty’s Punishment” in  Drummer  71 (February 1984) and “Beauty’s
            Release” in Drummer 83 (March 1985). An “excerpt from the excerpt” of
            “Beauty’s Punishment” was reprinted on pages 36-38 in  Drummer  188
            (September 1995) under the attribution by female editor Wickie Stamps
            that Rice herself had actually written for Drummer and was a representative

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