Tom Bissell’s biggest distortion regarding the Underground Literary Alliance was to deftly accuse us of what he calls “classocide.” This, when at the time we were founded, and since, “classocide” was happening to us. Could anything be more egregious? It’s why I’ve urged the other side to read the David M. Sheridan essay about Detroit. The untold story of America– the story I wanted to tell– was the wiping out of America’s industrial working class. Ironic, isn’t it, that in these days of Occupy and the 99%, the so-called liberals of New York literature and media are embracing a literary attack dog who’s still– with the reappearance of his essay– being utilized against what was an authentic working-and-lower class activist writers group?