About

What is Under Culture?

A place for articles on Film, TV, Books, Comics, Video Games, Music, Technology, Politics, and all topics about which overly long and impassioned conversations might take place between nerds with a few drinks in them.

Why Under Culture?

There’s a gap between mainstream criticism and the blog world. One turns a thoughtful eye to the arts, but pays less attention to niche culture. The other covers sub-genres with rapid-fire news and reviews, but tends to be so occupied with what’s new, there’s rarely time for a richer discussion. We try to bridge that gap with a deeper look at the media we love.

Who is Under Culture?

One guy who wanted to try something a little more demanding after seven years of personal blogging, whichever friends of his he could badger into contributing, and any wayward web travelers who want to join up.

Can I write for Under Culture?

Probably, as long as you fit the tone of the site, have a good idea and decent punctuation. Contact brian@under-culture.com with an article pitch and a link to writing samples and we’ll go from there.

Will Under Culture review my [game/movie/show/book/album/haircut]?

PR reps and struggling independent artists alike, please, get in contact, as we are more than happy to take a look at just about anything that might be interesting. No large bags of money required, just contact brian@under-culture.com for the ugly details like shipping addresses or download codes.

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A few inspirations

Good critical writing is like being handed a key you can use to open a story with. (Bad critical writing tends to be a “review” — “I liked this/didn’t like this” that just goes on for too long.)
Neil Gaiman

As far as I can tell, there is no major critic who specializes in explaining what playing a given game feels like, nor is anyone analyzing what specific games mean in any context outside the game itself. There is no Pauline Kael of video-game writing. There is no Lester Bangs of video-game writing.
Chuck Klosterman

Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Raymond Chandler