American literature won’t renew itself until system writers and journalists themselves gain backbones and begin speaking out about corruption within the rotten structure.
They need to reveal compromises made by writers in order to gain publication, in their integrity and their art. They need to disavow a clubby and elitist network that nurtures, publicizes, and protects a well-connected clique. They need to insist on character, honesty, and transparency within the literary realm. No more a Dave Eggers and his kind protected from questions and scrutiny, an unhealthy situation for any cultural activity.
Who’ll break ranks? Who’ll step forward? Who’ll speak out?
American literature needs independence and dissent if it’s to engage the bulk of the American population.