We're in a battle of wills with hordes of wooden-headed demi-puppets in the lit-world, forcing them to examine their programmed assumptions, through our discussion; opening channels of light into the rock-solid fossilization of their minds.
We seek to save some of them from mental slavery-- to begin cutting their puppet strings-- by revealing to them an alternate way of being a writer.
That they call us, the most powerless and democratic of writers, "thugs" and "fascists" is a sign of their desperation. (Recall that Frank Sinatra called early rock n' rollers "cretinous goons.")
The demi-puppets are like crack addicts in detox. Their attacks on us are symptoms of their withdrawal from conformist brainwashing. Questioning the state of current literature-- even listening to those who question it-- is for them a new experience. We have to keep agitating, though they want us to play the standard literary "I'm Okay, You're Okay" game. (They've rebuffed all peace attempts anyway.)
WHERE OUR CRITICS ARE RIGHT is that we have to at the same time be more positive about what we're doing. We have much to be positive about-- exciting underground personalities and writing. We'll be highlighting them on our site.