We were promised hover-boards and casual journeys into space, but were given Snapchat stories and the revival of the Razor Scooter. We imagined slipping on spacesuits for our daily wear, but ended up saturated in 90’s nostalgia and normcore. But that doesn’t mean we’re not changing — our generation is attached at the hip to our iPhones, reliance on constant communications and check-ins, being hurt over read-receipts. TVs are becoming obsolete. New friends can be found on the comment section of website. We read news in 140 characters or less.
Whatever the future holds in store for us — be it an educational system based on the Magic School Bus, as suggested by Kiyomi Taylor’s essay, or terrifying amounts of plastic surgery from the fear of growing old, as Emma Dollery haunts us with in her poem — we are constantly evolving, shifting into something we can only vaguely imagine. This week, the writers try to slow down that immense pressure of the future and humanize it. Will we realize our dreams? Will we wake up and wonder how we got here? We won’t know until we get there.
Hannah Treasure, Under the Arch Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“Life Prescription” by Bourrée Huang
“Untitled” by Laura Casado
“Fantastic” by Emma Dollery
“Of Anesthesia” by Nikolas Reda-Castelao
“Morning After” by William Beaudoin
“Will you close the shade?” by Tia Ramos