Author Archives: swatson

You Catch More Flies with Honey than with Vinegar

Context: My informant, RW, is my mother. She grew up in Texas in the 1970s. I asked her to tell me proverbs she heard during her childhood. This piece was collected during an informal interview at home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Main Text: “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar” Informant analysis: SW: “When would you say… Continue Reading »

Full moons, storms, and women in labor

Context:  My informant, RW, is my mother. She was a labor and delivery nurse in a Dallas hospital in the 1990s. I asked her to tell me if there were any superstitions or rituals she learned working as a nurse. This piece was collected during an informal interview at home. I refer to myself as… Continue Reading »

बंदर क्या जाने अदरक का स्वाद (How can a monkey appreciate the taste of ginger?)

Context: My informant, AS, is a 19-year-old Indian male who grew up in Mumbai, though he has lived in Southern California for the past three years. He now attends UCI. He is fluent in both English and Hindi. This piece was collected during a facetime call, when I asked him to share a typical Hindi… Continue Reading »