The Guardian recognition of the Underground Literary Alliance blows the whistle on our opponents who claim nobody cares about what we're doing. (Nobody?) In truth we're shaking the American literary world to its foundations, striking a sword through the heart of the beast, and will continue until we slay the dragon. We're a broad-based lit-group with a wide variety of writers who are representative of American society today. Completely unlike our two rivals, "Church of the Undead" (The Eggers Gang) and n+1 (boy, is that an exciting designation for a literary movement) who consist chiefly of rich people, prepsters, and Ivy Leaguers, with a smattering of others who've relentlessly proved their obedience to the mainstream by absolute subservience or conformity.
Which of the three movements will prevail?
We have the least resources, connections, credentials, and are scorned and hated by demi-puppets and Overdogs alike who control much of the print media.
BUT, in many ways we're better positioned. How would you rather be viewed? As "smart" like the n+1ers? One conveys images of cardigan sweaters and tennis courts. As pretentiously self-important narcissistic Columbia grads like the evil McSweeneyites? Or as rebels, brigands, outlaws, and pirates, like those of us in the ULA? The attacks you see against us are based on pure envy. The fakers know we're the real thing.
Meanwhile, the literary mainstream has thrown away opportunities. In other times, before our nation's intellectuals had turned into obedient pod people, there would have been a scramble to follow up on the CIA-in-Literature revelations. Today, in 2007, the literati are ignorant, complacent, or afraid. They leave the field wide open for us-- they leave room for we lowly renegades to square off against secrecy and corruption. They give us the opportunity to prove our fearlessness and integrity. We'll take it.