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            an Intensive Care Unit. In response to my email, Embry, never one to forgive
            a grudge, wrote in ALL CAPS.


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

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

               Jack Fritscher

               From: John Embry
               To: Jack Fritscher
               July 23, 2008 6:02 PM
               Subject: Re: Larry Townsend in ICU

               [Embry writing in all UPPER CAPS] JACK, THANK YOU
               FOR  NOTIFYING  ME.  ALTHOUGH  LARRY’S  AND  MY
               RELATIONSHIP IS IN ABOUT THE SAME STATE AS HIS
               AND JEANNIE’S [sic]. BE THAT AS IT MAY, I WISH HIM
               WELL AND WAS VERY DISMAYED AT FRED’S PASSING
               [Townsend’s partner of 38 years] WHICH I AM SURE WAS
               VERY HARD ON HIM.


               John Embry [lower caps]

               Larry Townsend died six days later on July 29, 2008. In the gay archives
            of the dead, the Embry file boxes will forever be in a scholastic gay studies
            feud with the Townsend file boxes.
               Regarding the universally contentious Embry, the writer and frequent
            Drummer author George Birimisa wrote to me on January 29, 2012:

               Jack, I guess you know I have a reputation as a very gay Off-Off
               Broadway playwright, but over the years, queer men would see my
               name and say, “You wrote that novel in Drummer. The magazine


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