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EDITORIAL: August 2009 Issue Introduction. By Dusk Peterson. (Posted at the True Tales blog.)
FICTION AND ART: Becoming Real (PDF file). By david stein. Illustrated by Axel. (From the story collection Boots, Bondage, and Beatings. Posted at the publisher's site.) A slave makes a most unusual request.
These are the only words I am permitted to speak when I am alone in the cell. I do not rebel against this or the rules, nor provoke punishment to enforce them. This is the life I asked for, and I do my best to follow the program.
NONFICTION: Pissing in the Wind (PDF file). By Jack Fritscher. (From Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer Vol 1. Posted at the author's site.) In the Mineshaft bar, back in 1978, life was a little wilder.
One night, a perfectly groomed dude climbed into the tub wearing wingtips, a Brooks Brothers dark wool suit, Ivy League tie, a white oxford cloth dress shirt which, when he pulled open the suit coat, exposed holes cut over his large nipples on his hairy chest.
FICTON: Coitus Interruptus. By M. Chandler. (A side story in the Shadow of the Templar series, which is also available in print. Posted at the author's site.) The leader of an FBI team ends up in bed with entirely the wrong person.
"The good old days, when we could fight crime with fire," Simon agreed, eyeing Jeremy and silently willing him to take it personally. Jeremy's eyebrows lifted. "I miss all those times we'd set some useless scumbag two-bit thief on fire just to teach the others a lesson . . ." Jeremy mouthed, Useless?
Larry Townsend Tribute
"Larry Townsend doesn't have an entry in Wikipedia," my boy announced after he searched for online information to help explain to vanilla friends who the late author of The Leatherman's Handbook had been.
NONFICTION: Obituary of Larry Townsend in the Los Angeles Times.
NONFICTION: Who Lit up the "Lit" of the Golden Age of Drummer? (PDF file). By Larry Townsend. His most recent published work. (Posted at DrummerArchives.com. Introduction to the book From Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer Vol 1.)
"I have two good sized file boxes which are full of letters that I have gotten from people all over the world mostly on the first handbook, but some on the second saying, 'thank you for writing it,' 'I thought I was the only person in the world, you told me how to do things.'"
"So anyways, this guy is real smart, see, 'cause he keeps tellin' me what a great bod I have, and he's stroking me and he finally gets me to turn onto my stomach and he's rubbing my back, and – oh! – it feels so fuckin' good, but I'm worried about the extra bread, so I say something – don't remember just what – and he tells me not to worry, he'll make it worth my time. And I'm layin' there, wondering why a guy as good-looking as him has to pay for it . . ."
I stripped and lay there on the bed expecting the typical few swats and a fuck I had thought would take place. Well, the flogging part I got right but one thing led to another and next thing I know those beautiful blue eyes had me wordlessly accepting first one then another and another till the best way I can describe it I was literally pinned to his bed.
NONFICTION: Leather Dolce Vita, Pop Culture, and the Prime of Mr. Larry Townsend. (Also see the PDF version.) By Jack Fritscher. (Introduction to The Silver Jubilee Edition Commemorating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of The Leatherman's Handbook, by Larry Townsend.)
By 1969, he was circulating his famous mimeographed sadomasochistic questionnaire through the circuit of leather men. . . . Townsend's was the job of the good reporter scouting the latest news of the newest liberation front during an astounding period in American culture.
"He started me off with 'The City and the Pillar' and introduced me to a lot of historical things where not necessarily overtly sexual sado-masochism was taking place but the implication was there. And I think that that's when I started to have a really conscious desire to involve myself with SM, though not necessarily as Ivan the Terrible did."
BAM – right between the eyes. I hadn't read a word of the actual book yet but I saw exactly what sort of terminology I'd been searching for all this time to confirm that there were other people like myself.
NONFICTION: Visit to a Leather Club. By Lars Menardier. Translated by Quirt. (Danish original. Originally published in November 1965 in Issue #3 of MANège, a Danish gay magazine. Posted at Gay Leather Fetish History at Cuirmale.) A reporter visits a semi-secret Copenhagan leather club and finds that there's more to it than whips and chains.
POETRY: The Dark Heart of Love. By Rob Cole. When you don't know your limits.
MUSIC VIDEO: Boot Camp. Music and direction by John Matthews. (Alternative link. Information on the cast and director.) A novice enters a leather bar and gets more than he bargained for. A video that's definitely not just for the leather crowd.
I would use the leather bar as a barometer of fuckability, when I saw a hot guy. If he left his car and went into MY bar, then he was a possibility. If he went into, or if I saw him coming out of the leather bar, he was right off the list. Right. Off.
MUSIC VIDEO: Walk the Night. By the Skatt Bros. (Posted at YouTube. Band bio at The DiscoMuseum.) A fan's video of a 1979 song that was popular in gay clubs of the time. As Joe.My.God. puts it, "I guess the straight clubs didn't have a big call for disco songs about gay S/M rape scenes."
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