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Last Book Finished: The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra
Last Film Seen (in a theatre): Lion
Last Theatrical Work Seen (live): Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
My car: 2002 Toyota Avalon 1990 Honda Accord

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:

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:

Six Degrees of Separation[edit]

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, Arthur Goldhammer, Nathan M. Newmark, and Hy Zaret. I was a student of Arjun Appadurai, Robert Coles, Irven DeVore, Owen Gingerich, Henry Glassie, Dell Hymes, Albert Lord, George B. Moffat, Jr., Inés Talamantez, 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: Manlio Argueta, Nazmi Avluca, Toni Cade Bambara, Richard Bauman, Phillip Berryman, Brother Blue, 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, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 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, Annaleigh Ashford, Lauren Bacall, Joan Baez, Pearl Bailey, Larry Blyden, Matthew Broderick, Jackson Browne, Richard Burton, Zoe Caldwell, Virginia Capers, Johnny Carson, Noam Chomsky, Myung-Whun Chung, Myron Cohen, Peter Cook, Robert Cray, Billy Crudup, Jim Dale, Jeff Daniels, 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, Ira Glass, Phillip Glass, Susan Graham, David Alan Grier, George Grizzard, Nathan Gunn, Rosemary Harris, John Lee Hooker, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jesse Jackson, Lou Jacobi, James Earl Jones, Richard Kiley, Robert Klein, Keira Knightley, Lang Lang, Philip Langridge, James Levine, Laura Linney, Rich Little, Los Lobos, Radu Lupu, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Mancini, Nelson Mandela, Diego Maradona, Karita Mattila, Audra McDonald, Frances McDormand, Arthur Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Walter Mondale, Dudley Moore, Errol Morris, James Morris, Toni Morrison, Joe Morton, Riccardo Muti, Ilie Nastase, Liam Neeson, Anna Netrebko, Aaron Neville, Lupita Nyong'o, Sophie Okonedo, Manuel Orantes, Milo O'Shea, Geraldine Page, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luciano Pavarotti, Pelé, Anthony Perkins, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Paul Plishka, Jonathan Pryce, David Rakoff, Gene Rayburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Fatuma Roba, Jason Robards, Doris Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Julius Rudel, Mercedes Ruehl, Mark Rylance, Leonie Rysanek, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Alex Sharp, 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, Koko Taylor, Bryn Terfel, Dawn Upshaw, Maxim Vengerov, Ben Vereen, Deborah Voigt, Zoe Wanamaker, Katie Webster, Ben Whishaw, Emlyn Williams, B.D. Wong, Irene Worth, Dolora Zajick, 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[edit]

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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Year New Countries Visited
Born  United States
1970  Canada







No new countries.
1978  France





No new countries.
1984  Mexico


No new countries.
1987  Honduras[1]  El Salvador












No new countries.
2000  Australia  Papua New Guinea
2001   Switzerland[1]  Austria[1]  Romania
2002  Germany[1]  Hong Kong[2]  South Korea
2003  Germany
2004  Netherlands  Hungary  Serbia and Montenegro[3]  Macedonia[3]  Greece  Bulgaria[4]  Japan[1]
2005 No new countries.
2006  Italy
2007  Ireland  Turkey
2008  United Kingdom  Czech Republic
2009  Finland   Vatican City[2]  Cyprus  Northern Cyprus[2]  Norway  Austria
2010  Panama  Colombia   Switzerland  United Arab Emirates  India    Nepal  Bangladesh  Liechtenstein[3]
2011 No new countries.
2012  Thailand[1]  Spain  Denmark  Belgium[1]
2013  Singapore[1]
2014 No new countries.
2015  Estonia
2016 No new countries.
Total 33 (of which 1 is either Hong Kong or China) + 2 other autonomous regions or not fully recognized countries + 9 in transit only
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Airport only. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Airport" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c Semi-autonomous region or possibly not an actual country.
  3. ^ a b c Via train only.
  4. ^ On train and in train station only.

Total Time Spent in Different Countries
Residence and citizenship: Flag of the United States.svg
These are the countries I have visited (for more than one month total): Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Greece.svg Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of Bangladesh.svg Flag of Romania.svg
(for more than one week): Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Nepal.svg Flag of El Salvador.svg
(for more than one day): Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Cyprus.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Colombia.svg Papua new guinea flag large.png Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hong Kong.svg
(for just a few hours): Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Finland.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Panama.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg
(for a few hours, but they may or may not be countries, depending on your point of view): Flag of the Vatican City.svg Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg
These I passed through on a train, but never got out: Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Flag of Macedonia.svg Flag of Liechtenstein.svg (except to change trains): Flag of Bulgaria.svg
And these I never left the airport! : Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Honduras.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Singapore.svg
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Country States/Provinces Visited
 United States All, except: Flag of North Dakota.svg Flag of South Dakota.svg
 Canada Flag of British Columbia.svg Flag of New Brunswick.svg Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Flag of Ontario.svg Flag of Quebec.svg
 Mexico Flag of Chihuahua.svg Flag of Mexican Federal District.svg Flag of Oaxaca.svg Flag of Quintana Roo.svg Flag of Sonora.svg Flag of Yucatan.svg
 Australia Flag of New South Wales.svg Flag of the Northern Territory.svg Flag of Queensland.svg Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg
 India Assam Delhi Karnataka 28px Meghalaya Tamil Nadu 31px