If there is one place I choose to be, it’s at the beach. The salty scents fill the air as the warm sun on my face reminds me I’m grateful to be alive. The waves break and I panic for a second, but just keep swimming. I go home covered in sand every single time. I curse at it, as if the sand purposely wrapped itself in my sheet and towel and swimsuit. But there is something about sandy beach hair that always, always makes me smile. Hurricane Sandy’s name is far too appropriate. The water met the lands causing early erosion and left so many families with no place to go. Flames destroyed the memories people made, breaking hearts and homes. On November 2nd, I had the privilege of volunteering at Queens College where I personally met victims of this ...
Dear Queens College Community,
Regardless of the form that it may take, all writing is an acknowledgement of other people. Through our awareness of writers past and present, of those we write in solidarity with or in opposition to, all writing is also shared writing and all texts corporate texts.
A friend’s Facebook timeline interweaves personal reflections with the thoughts and well wishes of friends and family. A statement of political principles, be it a court opinion or a declaration of a revolution, speaks for a multitude and incorporates many voices in a single document. A letter, a novel, an essay, even a diary entry—all of them have an ideal reader in mind, a “friend” to whom the words will mean their utmost.
For this tenth issue of Revisions we invited Queens College staff, faculty, and students to reflect on the shared experience of writing. Many voiced a common concern with how significant events prompted not just an emotion but also a need to express and share feeling in words. Some pieces focused on the simple yet powerful message that notes can convey. Others spoke to the power of writing as a form of self and group advocacy.
Though methods may change over time, the collective and collaborative nature of writing remains with us and shapes the way in which, through writing, we construct ourselves. We hope this issue of Revisions encourages the Queens College community to reflect on the shared experience of writing and the ongoing conversation between friends that take place every time we put words to the page.
Randomly selected articles from this year's issue
“When will they stop writing such letters,” thought the public administration officer. He had been working in the department responsible for answering the citizen’s complaints for more than a decade. Reading about other people’s problems, complaints, and life stories was a learning experience for him. When the letter was sufficiently attractive, he would then dream about what the author might look like. He spied on many strange faces, eavesdropped on many secret conversations, and recorded many previously unfamiliar stories to his diary as “words from friends.” He befriended those words that reminded him of the society he lived in even during his most solitary hours spent at his desk in the office. But how about this newly arrived letter? “Today everyone seems to be in ridiculously inflated debt with no prospects of repayment,” he thought. What was there to say ...