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Win Some, Lose Most

Context:

The subject is a white male and a lifelong New Yorker from Manhattan and Queens. He is my twin brother and we attended the boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Before this we were discussing boarding school and teen culture and how low levels of depression was a large part of that. We made a . . . → Read More: Win Some, Lose Most

Nutcrackers, Alcoholic Drinks, on Coney Island

Context:

The subject is a white male and a lifelong New Yorker from Manhattan and Queens. He is my twin brother and we attended the boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Before this we were discussing what New York had begun to mean to us when we moved out to school, how we always heard . . . → Read More: Nutcrackers, Alcoholic Drinks, on Coney Island

Why Dahlia’s, a Bar in New York, got Shut Down for Underage Drinking

 

Context:

The subject is a white male and a lifelong New Yorker from Manhattan and Queens. He is my twin brother and we attended the boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Before this we were discussing what New York had begun to mean to us when we moved out to school, how we always heard . . . → Read More: Why Dahlia’s, a Bar in New York, got Shut Down for Underage Drinking

Orb Watching Over Baby After Grandmother’s Death

Context:

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York. Before this, the subject and I discussed ghost stories for sometime and I asked them if they had ever had a ghostly experience. It was very hard for me to collect much that we think of traditional folklore, ghost stories or myths, but this . . . → Read More: Orb Watching Over Baby After Grandmother’s Death

Killer, a High School Folk Game, and Legends About It

Context:

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York.  They attended Hunter College High School, a specialized high school. Basically, it’s a public school and thus free, but one must test to get in. I also attended this school for sometime and also know the game. I have always been fascinated where . . . → Read More: Killer, a High School Folk Game, and Legends About It

Abandoned Subway Entrance

Context:

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York. This legend is interesting because it begins online but then enters the real world.

 

Piece:

“There was an abandoned entry to the subway that was like near my house, it looks like all the other brownstones because it’s like.. But it’s boarded up, like all . . . → Read More: Abandoned Subway Entrance

The Molepeople of New York

 

Context:

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York. This story shows New Yorkers fascination with the variety of worlds beneath their feet from subways to sewers. It also touches upon the homeless population which they interact it without much thought.

 

Piece:

“Oh there’s the molepeople. The molepeople are people who supposedly live . . . → Read More: The Molepeople of New York

Throwing Spoons When Watching The Room

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York. The subject is a film student and also queer. They use ‘they’ pronouns. Before talking about this custom we had just discussed another midnight screening movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So I asked if there were any other films with which people have . . . → Read More: Throwing Spoons When Watching The Room

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Modern Folk Festival

Context:

The subject is a white gender non-conforming individual from Brooklyn, New York. This interview takes place a couple days after the subject and I attend a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show together. I would describe the experience as a weekly or monthly folk festival. People, usually teenagers and usually members of the LGBT . . . → Read More: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Modern Folk Festival

Baby Blue

Context: I was teaching a class of sixth graders for the Joint Education Project (JEP) in a middle school near USC.

Discussion

Instructor: So, after learning the differences between myths, tales and legends, can anyone give me an example of a legend that they have heard of? (A number of different students interjected to corroborate to the first . . . → Read More: Baby Blue

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