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            other leathermen. I first wrote about the shock of “gay death” in my edito-
            rial, “Cruising: The Most Dangerous Game in the Whole Wide World,” in
            Drummer 29 (May 1979), two years before the advent of AIDS.

               April 3, 1980 (Thursday): I cooked an oven supper at my home for Jim
            Enger, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Mark Hemry all sitting at my white oak
            kitchen table. Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo.

               April  8,  1980  (Tuesday:)  Supper  with  Robert  Mapplethorpe  at
            Hamburger Mary’s on Folsom Street; then to the Ambush bar on Harrison
            where Robert, to whom fetish was everything, instantly felt uncomfort-
            able wearing his cool New York leather in a laid-back flannel-shirt bar. He
            asked me to drive him to my home where he could change into one of my
            shirts and jean jackets, and adjust his sex vibe, before we headed back to
            the Ambush where we hung out that evening with poet Thom Gunn and
            the artist Lou Rudolph who often sat in the Ambush, like Otto Dix in the
            Weimar cabarets of Berlin, sketching the customers.

               April 29, 1980 (Tuesday): At his home at 36 Camp Street, I met with
            male-madam and film producer J. Brian, who procured hustlers for Rock
            Hudson, to collaborate on his screenplay J. Brian’s Flashbacks, as well as to
            write a novelization of his film for publication as a serial in three issues of
            Honcho (April, May, June, 1982) and six issues of the California Action Guide
            (June-December 1982).

               May 27, 1980 (Tuesday): Jim Enger thanked me for letting him read an
            excerpt from the manuscript in progress of Some Dance to Remember.

               May 28, 1980 (Wednesday): Robert Mapplethorpe called me to please
            ask Jim Enger about using Enger’s name on one of the headless torso

               June 1, 1980 (Sunday): After a year as lovers, Mark Hemry moved into
            my home on 25  Street.

               June 10, 1980 (Tuesday): I received word that my model and playmate
            Leonard Sylvestri died, allegedly, of hepatitis about three weeks earlier. A
            well-built man with a beard, Sylvestri was one of the San Franciscans whose
            photographs I published in Drummer to ground it in a reality of local, hand-
            some, muscular men. His Italian surname translated suitably to wild.

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