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            printed as a book review column in Drummer 41 (September 1980), page
            67. Musgrave is so smug about airing his own superiority to the books he
            chose to review that he unwittingly deconstructed Rowberry’s editing skills
            and judgement. First: None of the three books fit the interests of Drummer
            readers and should not have been reviewed at all. Second: If the books were
            as bad as Musgrave said, there was no reason to review them other than to
            let Musgrave and Rowberry vent their inner kveens. Their tea-for-two salon
            around Drummer was way different from my international salon around
            Drummer. Years later, a photograph shot by Musgrave was dug up from the
            archives to illustrate Guy Baldwin’s “Ties That Bind” in Drummer 131 (July
            1989), page 13.
               Before Embry and I, in our third act, matured into “working together”
            again—at arm’s length, the following 1979 “Notice,” repeated here from an
            earlier chapter, but with additional annotations, is typical of how Embry
            waxed his moustache and twirled his cape as he pinned a “Scarlet Letter” on
            Jeanne Barney who claimed in 2006 that Embry still owed her thousands
            of dollars, plus interest.
               What was Embry’s mystique? His ability at fascination? In spite of
            everything, Barney remained on-again-off-again friends with Embry for
            thirty-five years until he died in 2010. Like Embry, Larry Townsend ran
            equally hot and cold, from estranged to ambiguous, with his frenemies from
            1970 to his death in 2008, when he was on the outs with both Embry and
            Barney. I myself was bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by Embry from
            1977 to years beyond his passing.
               If this shrill “Notice,” a kind of slut-shaming of Jeanne Barney, was
            how Embry spoke in public, imagine what rage he roared in his unguarded
            voice to his staff and to his contributors, in person and in private letters
            and emails. Quoted exactly, the Blacklist vendetta that follows was Embry’s
            anti-Barney rant. As editor-in-chief, I told him I did not want his personal
            harangue in my issue, Drummer 30, page 38, which was nineteen issues and
            three years after Jeanne Barney quit Embry. What is the length of a grudge?

               NOTICE: Mrs. Jeanne Chelsey Barney, aka “Barney” and “J.
               Barney” [Note his hissing high dudgeon about her aliases as
               opposed to his. And his paternalistic dismissal of her as a heterosex-
               ual “Mrs.”] is representing herself as the owner of the LEATHER
               FRATERNITY and is operating out of a mail drop box in La
               Crescenta, California. [As if a PO Box is somehow proof of crime
               in a magazine full of postal box addresses.] She has solicited mem-
               berships in this “Fraternity,” promising subscriptions to Drummer

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