THOSE manning this culture's institutions of literature, as at the National Book Critics Circle, while demonstrating loyalty and obedience to the major book conglomerates, on a regular basis, also make much of their devotion to the independent press.
But how independent is it? There seems to be a standard of agreement to be met. Small presses which are truly independent, like the ones the ULA has kicked off, are completely shut out.
Some of us believe that it's necessary for a society to have, somewhere, a remainder of independent voices-- voices truly independent, shockingly independent, nonconformist and disobedient, questioning all doctrine left or right; upsetting voices looking to unsettle and upend the status quo apple cart in any way possible. Contrary ideas which are evidence of independent thought.
Such voices were once what this nation was about.