Dear Landlord, For six long years you have collected my rent check, your smile genuine. The first time money exchanged hands we each had trash in the other. The last time, we were preparing for the warmer days ahead with a driveway car wash. Your hose had been punctured and I lent you duct tape for a temporary solution. Though our encounters have been few and far between due to our opposite schedules, they have left a superficially pleasant impression. It is because of this that I find it hard to approach you face-to-face regarding the topic on which I write to you today. You are kind. You have delivered to my door my mail, you have offered me your weekday paper as you know I subscribe only to Newsweek due to cost. You have fed me leftovers and offered idle ...
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
Dear Auntie Cheryl, Thank you for the hand-knit jumbo Christmas stockings you sent to us for our Christmas gifts. They are lovely. We are looking forward to propping them on the floor and letting Santa fill them with toys and fruit. They will be so heavy that they cannot be hung by a nail over the fireplace! We just love them. Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you soon. Love, Charles, III and Michael. This is the letter that I would have loved to receive from my nephews who were 12 and 11 years old, respectively. Instead, I received no phone call and no thank-you note. When I asked their father what happened, he replied that you don’t give a gift to expect a thank-you note. I was shocked, hurt, and angry. I could not believe that we had been ...