|Last Book Finished:||The Whale and the Supercomputer|
|Last Film Seen (in a theatre):||Horses of God|
|Last Theatrical Work Seen (live):||Porgy and Bess|
|My car:||2002 Toyota Avalon|
Articles started: Applied folklore, American Folklore Society, Don West (educator), Eliot Wigginton, Heo Se-wook, Jean Mohr, Jim Corbett, Juan Luis Segundo, Kenneth A. Gibson, Komagata Maru, Let Me In (song), Mixe, Public folklore, Raatbek Sanatbayev, Samuel Swan, Vector (game), and numerous stubs.
My personal top ten films of all time:
- Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, France, 1930)
- The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1956)
- The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoy, USSR, 1938)
- Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, U.S., 1941)
- City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, U.S., 1931)
- City of God (Ciudade de Deus) (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002)
- 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1963)
- Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1985)
- The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophüls, France/Switzerland/Germany, 1969)
- The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 1978)
Books that have changed me, influenced me, or moved me the most, emotionally or intellectually, at the right moment in my life; sort of a top 18:
- Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
- America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi
- The Dynamics of Folklore by Barre Toelken
- The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
- History: A Novel by Elsa Morante
- Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- McTeague by Frank Norris
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- The Monkey's Wrench by Primo Levi
- The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- The Price by Arthur Miller
- Workers and Migrations by Sebastião Salgado
Name-dropping: I know, or have known, the following people: Raoul Bott, Zana Briski, Peggy A. Bulger, Jeff Chang, Jun Choi, Adrienne Cooper, Jim Corbett, Erik Ehn, Sheldon Hackney, Alan Jabbour, Daniel Jenkins, Barbara Kopple, Sabina Magliocco, Mari J. Matsuda, Andrew McCarthy, Michael L. Murray, Timothy Noah, Susan Power, Jack Santino, Dani Shapiro, Mark Wilf, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. I am, or was, distantly related to Susan B. Anthony, Judy Blume, Nathan M. Newmark, and Hy Zaret. I was a student of Robert Coles, Irven DeVore, Owen Gingerich, Henry Glassie, Dell Hymes, Albert Lord, George B. Moffat, Jr., and Anthony F.C. Wallace. (However, David McClelland refused to let me study with him in college, because he didn't want to have any more advisees, so he told me to major in something else.) Mick Moloney, Alfredo Duvergel, Carlos Julián Ortiz, Ariel Ramos, and Alexis Vila have been in my car. I was on my high school fencing team with Gregory Mankiw and in a play with Todd Solondz. In college, I lived in the same dorm as Susan Faludi, Melissa Block, David Vitter, Martha Hackett, David Bell, and Jeff Westbrook (but I have no information about them). I learned that Mark Danner lived in the same room I did two years before me. I have met the following at least once: Arjun Appadurai, Manlio Argueta, Nazmi Avluca, Toni Cade Bambara, Richard Bauman, Phillip Berryman, Manute Bol, Joyce Brabner, Ernesto Cardenal, Javier Castellano, Chien-Chi Chang, Bud Collins, Jon de Cortina, R. J. Cutler, Alireza Dabir, Martin Duberman, John Fife, Archie Green, Kang Yong-Gyun, Ted Kennedy, Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Lane, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Lehrer, Rigoberta Menchú, Robert Menendez, Paolo Montalbán, Paul Muldoon, Tim O'Brien, Carl Phillips, Marge Piercy, Alejandro Portes, Soupy Sales, Sam-Ang Sam, Pete Seeger, Andrés Segovia, Strings, Ion Ţiriac, Alex Trebek, Derek Walcott, Cornel West, Jody Williams, and Howard Zinn. I was a guest at the wedding of Sushil Kumar. I have received personal correspondence from Veronica Geng, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Bernard Malamud, Nguyen Qui Duc, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Wole Soyinka, and Iannis Xenakis, and talked on the phone with Barbara Kingsolver and Annabella Sciorra. (More to come). That means all these people are separated by two or at most three degrees of separation. Personally, however, I am neither important nor particularly successful.
Writers, Speakers, Actors, Musicians, Athletes, and Others I have seen perform in person: Danny Aiello, Alan Alda, Jane Alexander, Kofi Annan, Lauren Bacall, Joan Baez, Pearl Bailey, Larry Blyden, Matthew Broderick, Jackson Browne, Richard Burton, Zoe Caldwell, Virginia Capers, Johnny Carson, Noam Chomsky, Peter Cook, Robert Cray, Billy Crudup, Jim Dale, Brian Dennehy, Sandy Dennis, Colleen Dewhurst, Bob Dishy, Novak Djokovic, Plácido Domingo, Fats Domino, Roger Federer, Lauren Flanigan, Leon Fleisher, Renee Fleming, Morgan Freeman, Carlos Fuentes, Peter Gabriel, Peter Gallagher, Jack Gilford, Phillip Glass, Susan Graham, David Alan Grier, George Grizzard, Nathan Gunn, Rosemary Harris, John Lee Hooker, Jesse Jackson, Lou Jacobi, Richard Kiley, Robert Klein, Lang Lang, Philip Langridge, James Levine, Laura Linney, Rich Little, Los Lobos, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Mancini, Diego Maradona, Karita Mattila, Audra McDonald, Frances McDormand, Arthur Miller, Walter Mondale, Dudley Moore, Errol Morris, James Morris, Toni Morrison, Joe Morton, Riccardo Muti, Ilie Nastase, Liam Neeson, Anna Netrebko, Aaron Neville, Manuel Orantes, Milo O'Shea, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luciano Pavarotti, Pelé, Anthony Perkins, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Paul Plishka, Jonathan Pryce, Vanessa Redgrave, Fatuma Roba, Jason Robards, Julius Rudel, Mark Rylance, Leonie Rysanek, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Michelle Shocked, Jake Shimabukuro, Donald Sinden, Gary Sinise, Sammy Sosa, Mike Schmidt, George C. Scott, Wole Soyinka, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elaine Stritch, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, Dawn Upshaw, Maxim Vengerov, Ben Vereen, Deborah Voigt, Zoe Wanamaker, Katie Webster, B.D. Wong, Irene Worth, Pinchas Zukerman. More to come.
Other celebrity sightings: Walter Cronkite, Danny DeVito, Katherine Hepburn, John Houseman, Patti LuPone, Jerry Orbach, Rhea Perlman, Natasha Richardson, David Schwimmer, Wallace Shawn (treated his fans most graciously), Howard Stern, Rod Stewart, Muhammad Yunus
To do list
This summer I hope to work on the following 12 missing articles: Rachel Davis DuBois, Sidney Finkelstein, Diana S. Forman, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Klaw Theatre/Avon Theatre, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Playhouse Theatre (48th St. and 8th Ave.), Margaret Randall, Sygma Photo News, Barre Toelken, Don Yoder, Zalmaï.
I'm currently trying to collect information on the American Folklore Society presidents, editors of the Journal of American Folklore and Chicago Folklore Prize winners, before I upload them onto the American Folklore Society page. Also International Award of Giuseppe Pitrè-Salvatore Salomone Marino for Ethnological and Anthropological Studies. To help with this project, until they're ready to be posted, go here and here.
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Where I stand
- Airport only.
- Semi-autonomous region or possibly not an actual country.
- Via train only.
- On train and in train station only.
|Total Time Spent in Different Countries|
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|These are the countries I have visited (for more than one month total):|
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|(for a few hours, but they may or may not be countries, depending on your point of view):|
|These I passed through on a train, but never got out:||(except to change trains):|
|And these I never left the airport! :|
|Idea and layout stolen from User:Guettarda and User:SqueakBox....|
|Map of where I've been and in the U.S.