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 ...
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
“Nothing’s wrong,” the school social worker says, which is the first lie. She wants to talk to me about my oldest daughter. Desi reverses her letters, transposes words, neglects punctuation, writes sentences that, with their randomized use of capitals, look like ransom notes. “Her teacher is concerned about her,” the social worker continues, which is the second lie. Next year Desi will take the third grade standardized tests in English and Math, along with every other public school student in the country. Her school won a prestigious national award this year and ranks in the top-ten of city elementary schools. Since the citywide school rating system subtracts points for lack of improvement, the new principal is eager to distinguish himself by raising the exacting standards of his predecessor. Moreover, teacher evaluation now rests upon the test scores of students. The ...