Monday, January 12, 2009

On Authenticity

"Authentic" in the age of the virtual is not a bad word-- there's nothing wrong with promoting this aspect of a writer. Underground writers HAVE to emphasize their differences from the standard prep school/trust fund/Ivy Leaguers who dominate the literary mainstream.

Undergrounders live more authentic lives, in that
A.) they've been knocked around by life a little, or a lot;
B.) they're more in touch with the lives of ordinary Americans.

To me they're the AUTHENTIC voice of America now. Nothing to be ashamed of about that!

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