Can there be any doubt of this, given the many attempts to imitate and co-opt us? (And destroy us!)
One is a ridiculous David Gates article about the "Outlaws of Literature" which mentions, of all people, establishment-approved flunkies Jonathan Safran Foer and Dave Eggers. Could Gates conceivably ever notice a few real literary outlaws? He looks and looks, from his pristine Newsweek office-- glances out the skyscraper window once or twice-- but can't see genuine outlaw writers anyplace.
Another example are lit-bloggers' blatant rip-offs of ULA motifs, such as the Justice League of America (JLA)-- an inspiration for the ULA from the beginning. Funny that these folks disdain us mightily but don't hesitate to steal our themes. My, my-- we must be doing something right after all.
From the outset the ULA portrayed itself as a team of literary superheroes, even when there were only six of us (as Lee Klein and others can testify). The demi-puppets-- who've never had an original idea in their lives-- can copy us all they want, but in the placidly predictable MFA conformity of their writings and their bland go-along suckass personalities they're weak imitations-- more the Pat Boones of the lit-scene than like the troubled neurotic psychotic explosive outrageous don't-play-the-game superhero writers who are in the ULA.