Great Zeens: courtesy of the ULA (what's the ULA?)
January 18, 2005
Yes, I'm a member of the ULA, the Underground Literary Alliance. We're the only literary activist group in the nation. We're pushing for the publication of relevant literature once again in this country.
And here below are a bunch of zeens put out in association with the ULA that are meant to be just plain good reading, about the everyday life of this here world. It's fun, wild stuff from zeensters who mean bizness.
We're also making noise in a lot of ways about the state of literature today. We're a small group of totally broke, far-flung readers and writers who are fed up. So we've been acting, and acting up. We're experienced and we know what we're doing. It's working. Very well.
We've busted several corrupt book awards and grants already.
We've gotten amazing coverage in the NYT twice---once in a cover story! The Boston Globe and Wash. Post both follow up and report on what we do. We've had big, glossy mag articles on us.
We have the literati on the run, scared.
So far, one millionaire writer has given back his NEA "needs based" grant money as a result of our noise.
We say that the MFA system has a lock-grip on literary publishing and that they're driving it into the ground. We say that regular people have given up on quality reading, thinking it's only for out-of-touch NYC limo-elites and the black-turtleneck frumpish wannabes who listen to their exploits on NPR. The status quo today accepts that literature is a tiny niche market. And that it's created by writing instructors and professors who write on the side. We say: That's not how the real thing is created; that's how it's ruined.
So we say it's time that zeensters are put on NEA grants panels. That populist publishers be on awards committees. That colleges start studying underground publishing, zeening and alternative literary sources. That folk writing be accepted as EXISTING (right now, folk art is big in music and painting but folk writing is defined out). Oh, we say lots of things. And we do things, and publish, and get the word out.
Check it out: it's all at our Literary Revolution website.
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