Defines the democratic imperatives and demotic tones that make our politics of culture matter. This annual is grounded in the needs of dissed people: disenfranchised, disadvantaged, disinherited, discomfited, and dismissed. But the concept has been sharpened to acknowledge that though the underdog is owed sympathy, the mad dog is owed a bullet.
Benj DeMott has written for the The City Sun, The Village Voice, and academic journals. Since 1998, he has edited First of the Month, along with Charles O'Brien and Armond White. DeMott grew up in Amherst and now lives in New York City with his wife and son. He went to the University of Rochester where he studied with Christopher Lasch, but his most important teachers have been family.