Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Staying on Course

One of my problems when leading the Underground Literary Alliance was simply this: people joined who wanted the ULA to be what it wasn't. It was never intended to be a go-along-to-get-along organization. It could never adopt the motto of "Don't Make Waves." There are 50,000 other writers groups which fit that category. The ULA was meant to be different: THE MOST RADICAL LIT-GROUP THE ART HAS EVER SEEN. Only when it gets back to that reality will it make fast headway.

1 comment:

King Wenclas said...

What some undergrounders never got is that the literary revolution was meant to be what we said it was: literary revolution.
The objective was to break the clique of aristocrats in their key city; in so doing, to topple their centralized control.
Put literary rebels on every other streetcorner in Manhattan and the aristocracy would be gone; the trust funders boarding quick flights to Cali or Europe.
I'm talking literary Intifada (a loud but peaceful version). An artistic insurgency from the ground up.
p.s. It was liberating for me to step down from a leadership spot with the ULA. I'm not beholden to moderates-- can work with others on terms of mutual benefit without derailing the campaign, as it was derailed too many times.
That's assuming the campaign is re-begun. The time seems right for it.