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               Davolt was rather elitist underestimating Drummer readers. He asked
            Mark Hemry and me at the Café Flore about what he had written in his
            “Outline”:

               Do you think references to Wagner and Shakespeare are too high-
               falutin’? Where should I be aiming this manuscript? Ex-Drummer
               readers? Gay history junkies? Should I write a complete, definitive
               history of Drummer from beginning to end, or as primarily a story
               about the end with the earlier stuff as background.

            Besides advising him to drop the unreadable bi-lingual tongue-twisting pun
            in his title, GotterDrummerung, I told him what I told my university writing
            students for years: “Write what you know.”
               After I wrote to Davolt telling him I would meet him for lunch to dis-
            cuss his book, he emailed his set purpose on Wednesday, January 3, 2001,

               Re: Happy New Year Yes Lunch:
                   I have never quite known how to “do” lunch. Eat lunch, yes.
               Drink lunch, occasionally. But “doing lunch” always seems to be
               slightly obscene. Foreplay to a food fight?
                   How about Saturday? Name the place and may I suggest some
               time post-lunch-rush, say 1300?
                   I could hardly think of such a project without you. I will take
               what I can get and impose on you until you wish me into the corn-
               field. Let’s start with the outline and something of a mission plan/
               priority list. With your permission I will send it ahead for your
               perusal.[Instead, he handed his feasibility “Outline” over during
               the lunch.] I would be fascinated to hear how you would approach
               this if you were me.
                   Thanks so much!
               Robert

               After our lunch, he emailed on January 20, 2001:


               Jack,
                   Thank you for the two books! [Some Dance to Remember and
               Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera]. I am honored that
               you also inscribed them for me. It took UPS a week to actually
               deliver them, but the result was well worth bullying their customer
               rep!


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