A Note to ULAers.
We've witnessed over the last several weeks waves of corrdinated attacks on the Underground Literary Alliance; through the creation of phony ULA sites, and the mass posting of anonymous comments to this blog. The "demi-puppets" in this instance are advocating and agitating-- working together to make noise; attacking; using what they believe to be ULA tactics.
The goal of our opponents, unlike ours, isn't rebellion, but reaction. They seek not to change an essentially corrupt system which has failed literature. They want to shut down rebellion, close off dissent, and return the lit-world to the placid, dying, unthinking status quo way things were pre-ULA. Through and through, in every fiber of their being, they're reactionaries.
The key difference between the ULA and its reactionary opponents is that from the outset of our campaign we strode forcefully into the lit world, to engage it, under our own identities. To fight for fairness, honesty, truth, and integrity, we needed to be truthful ourselves. Though we were few, without resources, against enormous and well-funded enemies, it was the only way to proceed. Our initial Protest against the Guggenheim, signed with our own names, was our Statement to the lit-world that we were different-- that we had courage, while the posturing icons in high places who should've been cleaning their own house were cowardly and silent.
Just as the Guggenheim is fraudulent, PEN is fraudulent, the NEA is fraudulent, the National Book Awards is fraudulent, AWP is fraudulent; countless other awards, tax shelters, and writers as outlined by us and by others like MobyLives and Foetry are fraudulent; so, also, those who've posted against us anonymously on this blog are frauds. They HAVE to hide their identities and skulk in the shadows under phony names. Phoniness is an intrinsic part of their reality, the core of their beings as writers. Dishonesty tinges, stains, corrupts, rots, ultimately destroys THEIR world of letters, and it stains themselves.
We've called for fairness. Our enemies have shown, despite holding every advantage, that meeting and debating on open and equal terms is a concept beyond their understanding. As they fight for and represent fraudulence and corruption, they only know how to be fraudulent and corrupt.
Are they worth any respect? They don't even respect themselves, as they've shown. They're unable to stand on two legs like human beings and walk out into the open. Instead they crawl and grovel behind masks. As writers groveling is all they've known.
The difference between the ULA and its opponents couldn't be more stark-- the distinction between courage and cowardice; truth or lies. We've opened the windows of the house of letters which some want to nail closed. We've allowed sunlight and fresh air into the rooms, removing the stench of a rotten past; have caused the mice to squeal and sent cockroaches scattering.