ONE WOULD THINK that Dave Eggers would make some attempt at alleviating my grievances over the republication of the Tom Bissell essay. For if it’s my grievance, it’s also the grievance of other former members of the Underground Literary Alliance. To maintain this unresolved sore is a sure way for the scattered members of the team to draw closer together. That I’m back in Detroit for the moment is fortuitous. It makes me able to sit down with ULA Press publisher Jeff Potter at any time (he lives a modest drive away) to resolve once and for all our remaining differences, then restructure and recreate the ULA.
I’d prefer to make headway on my own as a writer—but if I (and the others) remain blackballed, the only path will be to once again utilize an organization for advocacy. There’s power in organization and numbers—an ease in staging events, conducting campaigns, and generating noise.