Hi. Jeremy Bassetti here. I am a writer, photographer, and educator. As an interdisciplinarian, I am interested in too many subjects. The ones currently occupying me are travel literature, photography, place, the history of ideas, and mountains. I do what I do thanks to your support via ARTIFACT INTERNATIONAL.
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Travel Writing World podcast
I am the host of the award-winning Travel Writing World podcast. I’ve interviewed folks like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Steve McCurry, etc.
Travel Writing World has been referenced in publications like The Telegraph, South China Morning Post, Lit Hub, Guernica Mag, and Forbes. Some episodes of the podcast have found their way into the curricula of universities around the world.
- The Hill of the Skull (2023) - A photobook memoir I’m working on.
- █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ (2020) - A book I ghostwrote.
- The Early Modern World (2018) - An anthology of primary source materials for students.
- Denounced (2017) - A novel about two men whose paths collide as the Holy Office clamps down on Protestantism and the illegal book trade in 16th-century Spain. Fiction, but based on a true story.
I have two main newsletters with over 1,500 subscribers:
- Genius Loci (monthly): writing + photography + travel + nature + adventure + literature + place + books.
- Drifting (monthlyish): a literary, cloud-headed newsletter on wandering, serendipity, & connection.
I have a few retired newsletters:
- 30 Days in the Andes (daily): photography + Bolivia + Peru.
- Postcards (monthly): a photo and a note, just like a real postcard.
Camera companies and “influencers” want you to believe that camera brands matter when it comes to photography. They want you to believe that what matters in photography is the instrument and not the individual. Truth be told, most of the modern cameras and lenses you can buy these days are technically capable of producing beautiful, interesting, and worthy images if they’re in the right hands.
A Leica M11 doesn’t make a photograph any more interesting than any other camera. Cameras are tools.
I use different tools for different purposes. I’m not loyal to any brand, but currently Fujifilm and Sony cameras feel good in my hands.
Note-taking & writing
While doing fieldwork, I’ve found that using physical notebooks calls unwanted attention. Even using a small Field Notes notebook will generate questions: are you a writer? why are you taking notes? what are you writing? Unless I am in a situation where stealth is desired, this is usually not a problem. When I do want to be stealthy, I use my phone to take notes. Everyone is always on their phones nowadays, so using one to take notes doesn’t call any extra attention.
For note-taking apps, I use the standard Apple Notes as it is fast, simple, and syncs great. I also use its speech-to-text function when making longer, discursive notes. I also made and use a few geotagging shortcuts on the Shortcuts app; just one click, and I get GPS location information appended to a note or copied to the clipboard. Read more about my process here.
I also use Obsidian when working on meandering research projects, book and project-related reading, and other longform projects. I sometime use Scrivener too. I usually funnel everything through ProWritingAid.
Teaching and academics
I’ve been a full-time educator since 2011. I currently teach at a small institution in Florida. I earned tenure in 2014 and was the Humanities department coordinator from 2018 to 2022. I did most of my doctoral research at the Royal Academy of History in Madrid and very briefly at the Archivo General de Indias in Seville (where I lived and taught English from 2010-2011). I earned my Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2014. My dissertation focused on how Spanish historians in the 18th century used coins found within Spain to rewrite the nation’s history. I sometimes lead study abroad programs with students to Spain and Italy. I’ve won a few teaching awards somehow.
Here is my complete curriculum vitæ.
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