Wow, I am thrilled that you mentioned Kathryn Davis. I just finished The Thin Place not too long ago and was amazed. You are absolutely right about her. It's the only book of hers that I have read and I only read it because some of the litbloggers wouldn't shut up about how great it was. Do you have a suggestion on which of her books to read next?
I read quite a lot of contemporary fiction, but most of what I read is from the older writers. I can't stomach much of the young attractive New Yorker (place of residence, not magazine) type of fiction. I tried to read Indecision by Kunkel and wanted to cry at what gets hyped these days. I will stick with Murakami, Auster and the like.
I am impressed that you made it through an MFA. I went for a semester to Brooklyn College for an MFA and couldn't tolerate it.
As for the ULA, I actually agree with a lot of what they have to say, but they are so ridiculous about it that they will never be taken seriously. Did Dave Eggers steal this guy's girlfriend or what?