Author Archives: Alexandra Kyllingstad

Dodo, L’Enfant Do

Background: My informant is a twenty-one year old student at USC; she’s studying neuroscience with an eye towards medical school. Her father is Laotian and French and her mother is French. Performance: “Dodo, l’enfant do L’enfant dormira bien vite Dodo, l’enfant do L’enfant dormira bientôt Une poule blanche Est là dans la grange Qui va… Continue Reading »

Learning and Loving

Background: My informant is a twenty-one year old student at USC; she’s studying neuroscience with an eye towards medical school. Her father is Laotian and French and her mother is French. Performance: “It goes: ‘learning means loving your country.’ I probably heard it from my Dad, since he’s a teacher, but I can’t really remember…. Continue Reading »

The Ghost Around the Bend

Background: My informant is a twenty-one-year-old college student in Boston, Massachusetts. She is studying to be a nurse and has worked in the emergency room at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Performance: “I heard this from my boyfriend at the time…I was seventeen and he was twenty-one. He was a volunteer… Continue Reading »

The Witches

Background: My informant is 52 years old and has lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts for her entire life. Beverly is next to Salem and was part of the original settlement until 1668. She has remained close friends with many of the people she grew up with in town. Many of the children she grew up… Continue Reading »