I respect and applaud much of what Foetry stands for and is doing. At the same time, I've been looking on their site for who they ARE, and can't find a name.
The strength of the ULA is that we've stood behind our attacks with our names (and in person)-- put our asses on the line from the very beginning, notably with our Protest against the Rick Moody Guggenheim award. (Our petition was signed by around 40 print-undergrounders-- but not one of 300 established lit people we sent it to.) The six ULA founders crossed the Rubicon when we signed it. It was a daring, unprecedented moment in American literature.
When one attacks a System, and its leaders by name, then putting your own out there seems necessary to have credibility. It's been the way of writers from Zola to Solzhenitsyn.
From the outset I've made myself available to anyone-- Eggers, Moody or any of their friends can come to Philly and meet me for a beer if they want. We've discussed and debated the ULA campaign in every kind of public venue-- have never hid from anyone.
The Foetry people-- whoever they are-- have questioned why Adam Hardin is in the Underground Literary Alliance.
First, he's supported what we're doing, publicly putting his name behind our campaign.
He's written public letters and Monday Reports for us.
He's a person of subversive thought; a born activist. My only worry is that we'll have to restrain him.
Lastly, he has real promise as a writer. I think he'll be a good one.
That some of his taste in literature is different from mine means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. The ULA is not a monolith. There is no orthodoxy-- though some types of writers have to go further and wait longer to prove themselves to us. (So far we have only one Ivy Leaguer on board.)
We're always on the lookout for talented literary activists-- provided they exist, have identities, are not just Internet ghosts.