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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 18                       459

                When I investigated emerging homomasculine queer theory in the fic-
             tion of Some Dance to Remember, his feminist bias overcame his esthetic
             analysis of the text he rejected as too “butch” in his review “Some Dance
             to Remember: The Rise and Fall of Butch,” Bay Area Reporter, April 12,
             1990. Why did Embry hire a male feminist to review books and videos
             for the masculine-identified readers of his MR magazines? May masculin-
             ists write for feminist publications? The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review
             told me, literally, it did not know how to review my novel The Geography
             of Women: A Romantic Comedy (1998) because it was a story about women
             written by a man. Goodbye to Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda and Nora! So long
             to Tennessee Williams’ Amanda, Blanche, Stella, Maggie, Serafina, Violet
             Venable, Alexandra Del Lago, and Mrs. Stone! Gore Vidal claimed, “There
             is no actress on earth who will not testify that Williams created the best
             women characters in the modern theatre.” That Gay and Lesbian Review
             sexism from the 1990s seems a subject for another GLBT literary panel.
             Karr was a prolific journalist. So Embry paid little heed to Karr’s politics
             because the disciplined Karr could meet deadlines with column inches to
             fill his hungry magazines.
                Surviving my thirty years with Embry, I moved on professionally, like
             others on the Blacklist. I absorbed Embry’s enmity, sucked it up, got a har-
             don watching him self-destruct, and let my work speak for itself.
                Following Larry Townsend’s contentious, and temporary, 1980s “peace
             accord” with Embry in order to get free publicity for his LT Publications in
             Drummer, I sent Embry a kiss-and-make-up letter on August 25, 1989, ten
             years after our breakup, and one year before his rental Karr tried to run me
             down. I saw no reason to exclude Embry from my work in 1990s Drummer
             and I wanted to include him in the pages of this book which was already
             several years into production.

                Mr. John Embry
                PO Box [number deleted]
                Forestville CA 95436
                August 25, 1989

                Dear John,

                So much time has passed since we have seen each other and talked
                that the statute of limitations must have run out on whatever, as they
                say in Hollywood, creative differences colored our past in the highly
                charged ’70s. Playing in The Rose, Bette Midler says to her audience:

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