Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed— Dignity never been photographed.Neither the redoubtable Sarah Dimento nor I could think of any good way to draw a picture of a superversion; so after long dithering, I asked her to come up with a simple text design. Here, then, is the cover for Superversive: Recovering the Tao of Fantasy, coming soon to an Amazon near you.
—Bob Dylan, ‘Dignity’
Behold the Underminer! I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!
For about a hundred years now, ever since the First World War broke the confidence of Western civilization, it has been fashionable to praise subversion. Art, music, and literature, as many of the critics tell us, are not supposed to go chasing after obsolete values like truth or beauty; they are supposed to shock, to wound, to épater les bourgeois – to subvert the values of society.