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            of anti-Semitic, homophobic, and politically correct revisionism. So much
            for Embry, the Cyclops, whose two-dimensional one eye could never see the
            three-dimensional perspective around Drummer.
               Herein lies another literary panel for a GLBT writers conference.
            Analyzing the contributors and the contents of Drummer, one notices that
            except for Al Shapiro there was very little Jewish presence in Drummer,
            which is strange because S&M with its precepts, ritual, justice, and dis-
            cipline is very Old Testament even with its add-on of the New Testament
            Crucifixion and Stations of the Cross whose details are iconic S&M in art
            and eros. I thought the “Interrogation” drawings of Leon Golub (1922-
            2004) with their parallels to gay S&M drawings by the Nazi-impacted Tom
            of Finland and Rex would have been an obvious fit in their own art layout
            or as illustrations for fiction. Embry did not. The Methodist Embry, ever
            jealous of publisher David Goodstein, borrowed everything and everybody
            he could from The Advocate except its then somewhat Jewish soul which was
            beyond his cultural understanding.
               Although Embry published ads for the gay Nazi party in early Drummer,
            he quickly learned to correct his insensitivities about how far free speech
            can go. For all that he was, he was no bigot. Drummer in contributors
            and content might have been less Catholic and more Jewish if more writers
            from the incestuous New York clique of gatekeepers had not stood aloof in
            a virtual boycott of its pages, warned off, perhaps, by the demagoguery of
            Richard Goldstein who wrote “S&M: The Dark Side of Gay Liberation,”
            published in the Village Voice (July 7, 1975) three weeks after the first issue
            of Drummer.
               This is only a casual observation of S&M “Papists,” from the Catholic
            aristocrat DeSade to the  Catholic iconographer Mapplethorpe. Perhaps
            some daring GLBT panel might discuss: Is S&M, which at heart contains
            deep sentiments of religious ritual and psychology, a Catholic or a Jewish
            recreational sport?
               The following exchange appeared in “Letters to the Editor,” Drummer
            3, page 12:

               Gentlemen, Please cancel my subscription. I do not wish to receive
               any publication that carries advertising for the “National Socialist
               League [Nazi].” —Fred, Wyoming

               Dear Fred, While we are certainly in sympathy with your feel-
               ings, and while we have no particular empathy with the “National
               Socialists,” we feel that by denying any group the right to a voice, no

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