More from Tom Bissell

If you’ve been following my posts about the ULA controversy, you may be interested to know that Tom Bissell has responded to King Wenclas’ diatribes against Bissell’s Believer article. An excerpt:

….have you considered your own reality lately? For instance: Jack London: great writer because he is widely read and connects to readers worldwide. But “Jon” Franzen, that awful rich guy, is a mediocre sell out because he is widely read and connects to readers worldwide. So which is it, King? Is popularity the seal of approval or the mark of the beast? The Corrections, a book you call mediocre and then admit to having only read a chapter, was published in about twenty countries and became a bestseller in most of them. In this country, of course, it was a huge bestseller, read by everyone from jackass hipsters to you guys (come on, admit it) to my mom. Most people loved it. Why? Because it connects with people. It has something to say about our life. Stylish? Its hero is a sixtysomething fuddy duddy, for Christ’s sake! All your criteria, amply fullfilled. But that Franzen, he’s just crap….

Wenclas posts a number of responses, saying the ULA won’t be folding up its tent just yet.


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