It’s a beautiful spring evening in Southern California, the whole world is locked inside due to the COVID19 pandemic, and I’m currently in between novels. A perfect time to start work on a new project.
During the past few years that I have taken part in the genre writing community, I have realized that there is a striking lack of literary criticism and discussion from a right-wing perspective, specifically from the modern conservative counterculture. Almost every book review, blog, and discussion-group are either moderate or far left. The biggest publisher backed sites are overtly progressive and almost all of the reviews and analysis come from a Neo-Marxist, Feminist, or Critical Theory viewpoint. I believe the novel occupies a critical role in cultural development and when new and old readers come to our genres there is a need for robust discussion and critical analysis from all sides of the cultural and political spectrum.
I recently came across this excellent video by The Distributist called The Culture War and Content Creation. It’s a well thought out breakdown on the culture war and how we can do our part defending our culture and beliefs. Watching the video I found myself agreeing with his points because, for the most part, he clarified issues that I have been bringing up for the past few years, that the Right needs to occupy cultural space. Not just react to media created by others, but to create art and content across communities while building up a solid critique base that new readers and writers can use as foundations for greater and greater works.
I’m not a literature professor or even an expert in the field but I am sufficiently well-read to see the catastrophic void caused by the lack of commentary and presence from our side. So I’ve decided to start this small online journal focused on genre book reviews, critique, and cultural commentary from a Conservative counterculture perspective.
Welcome to The Dacian