No, I'm not talking about the two establishment nerds being hyped by stodgy behind-the-times magazines like New York; pet birds in a gilded cage. I mean instead the ULA's Bernice Mullins and Noah Cicero. No refined safe academy-corporate creations they! Noah and Bernice are the look and voice of the REAL America today. They each have a story in the ULA's new "Slush Pile" album-- gritty bitter heartland writing penned in dives and alleyways.
Bernice's entry is unbearably strong, standing out in a collection of tough backbeat-driven tales which remove in total the phony gloss the glitterati have put on the world. Noah's is good also. (He's better in his new novel, where he seems to be creating-- as are other young writers like Urban Hermitt and Emerson Dameron-- a new literary genre. More about that later.)
The established system doesn't know how to take the ULA. Literature has never seen anything like it. I suggest plunging into ULA excitement-- accepting it and enjoying it. Change has become fact. The Underground Literary Alliance is the center of the new literary universe.