Randomly selected articles from this year's issue

A Three-headed Superhero with Glasses

Colleen Cusick, Writing Fellow, Doctoral Candidate in English


I am a three-headed superhero with glasses. Okay, if forced to adhere to the strictly literal, I must confess that I only have one head and no eyewear of any kind. I will further admit that my only claim to superheroism lies in my co-authorship (with two other writers) of a weekly advice column on names and naming. But much like Clark Kent disappearing into a telephone booth, I become a different person when I sit in front of my keyboard at a local coffee shop and transform, for an hour or two, into: The Name Maven! The Name Maven is bigger than I am, a Superwoman of the online naming advice realm (a more cutthroat world than you might suspect). She is world-weary and wise and not only because her persona is imbued with the life experiences, educations, and personal histories ...

Comforting Words

Ashley Barlev, Queens College Student


Words With Friends. How apropos at this time, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Last October, as beloved friends and family dealt with the devastation caused by the storm, it became evident how powerful a simple note from a loved one could be to one who is suffering. Residents of Long Island and New York City received messages via Facebook, e-mail, and Twitter from people they had come into contact with throughout their lives – their parents whom they speak to everyday, their best friends from high school, and their bosses from their jobs six summers ago. According to some, writing is simply a tool used for academic purposes, but recently we have come to realize the effect it has on helping a community that has suffered greatly. Writing has become a means of reaching out to friends in order to ...

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