Drifting, a Newsletter on Wandering

Drifting A literary, cloud-headed newsletter on wandering, solitude, serendipity, & connection sent out monthly(ish). Subscribe Loading... Thank you! I just sent you a confirmation email. Check your spam/junk folder if you don't see the confirmation email in your inbox. And please mark the email as "not spam" if you find it in spam. About Drifting, the newsletter Tell me if this has happened to you. You travel to someplace new but, for whatever reason, you don’t check the guidebooks, review sites, or blogs....

08 December 2022 · Jeremy Bassetti

London, 1959 by Sergio Larrain

For four months in late 1958 and early 1959, the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain took his Leica camera to London. He was there on a British Council grant to work on a photography project about London. Apart from what we can gather from the photographs he published in his book London, 1959, little is known about his time in the city. But perhaps that’s okay. Larrain’s images — and his life — are appealing because they are shrouded in mystery....

05 December 2022 · 2 min · 289 words · Jeremy Bassetti
A crowd dancing to some “gypsy jazz” at the d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans

[Genius Loci] December 2022

November came and went and it seems like the place that captured too much of our attention was a virtual one. The news of Elon Musk’s mishandling of Twitter is but another reminder that we shouldn’t spend too much time building our social networks 1) on other people’s platforms or 2) online. I’m not deleting my Twitter account just yet, but I have joined Mastodon. If you’ve joined Mastodon, let’s connect: mastodon....

01 December 2022 · 6 min · 1104 words · Jeremy Bassetti

Red Eye to New York by Janet Delaney

Janet Delaney’s job in the 1980s required her to take last-minute flights to New York City from her home in San Francisco. During her free time in New York City, she’d wander the streets with her Rolleiflex camera and take photos of the people she’d encounter. Now, nearly 40 years later, her photographs are published in her book Red Eye to New York. The images give us a glimpse of what New York City was like in the 1980s: beautiful, dirty, diverse, brimming with promise and life....

28 November 2022 · 2 min · 265 words · Jeremy Bassetti

Thai/ Life/ Style by Christopher Wise

Since 2001, Christopher Wise has lived in Thailand, a place he has photographed for various publications like Forbes, Monocle, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He has been building a body of work over the last 20 years and, during the pandemic, he decided to Kickstart a publication of his work. He was successful. Near the end of 2021, Thai/ Life/ Style/ generated the $12,000 it needed for publication....

21 November 2022 · 2 min · 315 words · Jeremy Bassetti