I am a book lover: I’m not simply an avid reader or a chaser of information, but I also immensely enjoy the physical nature of books. In the modern age we live in, books seem quaint. In a world where any fact can be conveniently found and any image, video, or sound downloaded, a book is considered to be old-fashioned. It’s a low-tech version of information management that’s existed for centuries and failed to keep up with modernity. But I still love books. They are neatly ordered ideas, with chapters and pages. Most are compact and portable without the need for adapters or batteries. They’re also amazingly hard to destroy. Get a book wet and when it dries out it’s ready to be read again; that’s not so with most electronic devices. And you can drop them without harm, too. Some ...
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
I originally wrote parts of this reflection last November to share with my students. It served to explain how writing was inexplicably dormant in my life for many years and how the death of a boxing legend caused me to remember how this wasn’t always so. My expectation for sharing it here …well maybe it is to wake you up too! When boxing great Joe Frazier died, a part of me awoke! It has been over a year since Smokin’ Joe’s death but the news still hits me like one of his left hooks. At the time what hurt most, at least for me, was how little notoriety the Philadelphia fighter’s death received on our local news channels. I felt that one of boxing’s all time greats deserved more than the 60 seconds allotted but in coming to know more about ...