King Wenclas, the main instigator of the Underground Literary Alliance has established a blog covering the issues of writers at
I think it’s the best blog on the issues facing writers. When you check it out, also see his other listed blogs as well.
The entry for May 21 summed up many of his ongoing points. I thought that it was a very important list and wanted to share it with my readers. I asked if I could reprint it here and he agreed.
Blog: Attacking the Demi-Puppets
Title of Post: Points of Agreement
Date: May 21. 2008
Subtitle: Here are ten points that possibly we all can agree on.
1.) The position of literature in American society has declined.
2.) There are no larger-than-life personalities in the writing game.
3.) The U.S. literary world is centered in, and largely controlled from, New York City.
4.) The literary system is hierarchical.
5.) The system is dominated by those from the upper levels of American society.
6.) The trend in book publishing, distribution, and sales is in the direction of monopoly.
7.) Writers without connections are excluded, except for those who go to the great expense of obtaining MFA degrees, whose main purpose is to create connections for the writer.
8.) Conformity and manners, in the writing and the writer, are valued over excitement.
9.) The style and premises of writers and their writing have scarcely changed in fifty years.
10.) Dissent to things-as-they-are isn’t tolerated. Well said! Long live the revolution in the arts!