Brand new! Aspirationally quarterly! Criticism, features, fiction, and poetry!
The Drift will introduce new work and new ideas by young writers who haven’t yet been absorbed into the media hivemind and don’t feel hemmed in by the boundaries of the existing discourse.
We’re loosely organized and growing quickly. Get in touch if you’re interested in writing for us or joining our team.
socially engaged cultural criticism; class-sensitive analysis; pieces that point out what’s being avoided or talked around in politics, media, arts, or even academia; upbeat cynicism; un-self-serious screeds; generous takedowns; entries from the margins; fiction; poetry; 1-3 sentence book/ movie/ TV/ art reviews.
anything that toes a party line (any party, any line); highbrow name-dropping; straightforward longform reviews narrowly focused on a single book or movie; dispatches from The Right Side of History; finger wagging; false binaries; anachronistic historical critiques; thoughts on Heidegger, Nietzsche, Foucault, [insert theory-bro icon here]; hot takes on the latest 24-hour Twitter scandal; term papers (or anything that could conceivably be turned in as a term paper); Marxist critiques culminating in statements about the base and superstructure; personal essays.
your love life; quarantine diaries; (quarantine); Twitter feuds; whatever’s on Netflix; baking; cultural appropriation; woke Hollywood; “cancel culture”; the “meritocracy,” and ivory tower critiques of meritocracy; wellness; Harry Potter as political intertext; friendly brands; performative pessimism; girlbosses; refusing to read David Foster Wallace; David Foster Wallace; consumer guilt; the political and psychological effects of social media; millennials and sex; cable news; lifestyle choices; contemporary fiction; freedom.
Note: To submit fiction or poetry, please send as a Word document with the author's name in the title.