About

Dilettante Army is a coalition of thinkers who dabble in a litany of disciplines. Our army consists of writers, artists, and critics who perform detailed critical analysis on both historical and contemporary topics (with a healthy dose of snark).

In 18th century Italy, a ‘dilettante’ was a passionate lover and supporter of culture. Since then, it’s become a derogatory term for people who aren’t dedicated or serious. We’d like to reclaim this word as a badge of honor. Dilettantes are freelancers, interns, students, adjuncts, and anyone else who pursues their projects with hapless fervor.

DA aims to underscore the free-floating status of cultural texts, letting them link together rhizome-style to acknowledge and inform their neighbors. Posts are short and to-the-point in order to allow readers to interject; you can submit your response at the bottom of the page. If it’s relevant, your response will be posted on its own instead of being lost in the bowels of a comments thread. It’ll help keep the dialogue front and center. The more people who use the site, the bigger it’ll grow and the sooner we can take over the world.