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Issue 01

About | The Drift is a magazine of culture and politics

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.

Submit | Don't be shy

We want |

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.

We don't want |

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.

We're bored by |

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.

Pitch us at |

[email protected]

Note: To submit fiction or poetry, please send as a Word document with the author's name in the title.

Masthead | It's our fault

Editors |

Kiara Barrow
Rebecca Panovka

Associate Editors |

Emma Adler
Thayer Anderson
Bianca Asare
Brad Bolman
Marella Gayla
Tarpley Hitt
Jane Hu
Noah Kulwin
Lake Micah
Krithika Varagur

Contributing Editors |

Erik Baker
Madeline Conway
Phillip Golub
Moira McCavana
Simon Wu
Ege Yumusak

Art Director |

Rachel Hawley

Designers |

Ezra Jude
Alessio Pretto

Business Manager |

Gabriel Jandali-Appel

Researcher |

Julianne Arnold

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