Category Archives: Adulthood

Coming-of-age, courtship, marriage, weddings


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something, blue

Background: The informant is married herself, but also worked in a bridal store for years and knows a lot about wedding traditions. She specifies how this tradition ties in with wedding dresses and how the store incorporated them. LR: I know the whole, something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new as being like good… Continue Reading »

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Chair Lifting

Main Piece:  What is your experience with this tradition? “At the party, we were doing the hora. They bring in a chair, without arms even though I asked for arms. Four men lifted the chair up. One person was pushing harder than the others. Being pushed up in the chair with no arm rests. I… Continue Reading »

Gendered Dining Customs In India

Informant’s Background: My informant, SV, is a recent graduate with a Master’s from the University of Southern California. He is 25, was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and moved to the United States to attend a graduate program at USC. Post-graduation he remains in Los Angeles hunting for a job. Context: My informant, SV, is… Continue Reading »

Championing in the Writing for Screen and Television Department of USC School of Cinematic Arts

Main piece: Student #1: It was like, the way people get into screenwriting is every screenwriting professor picks an application and has to fight for it. Um, and so every student has their “champion” who is the one who fought for them to get into this program, and then before you graduate they have to… Continue Reading »

Hudavaoff kinder

Context: This is a Jewish proverb (spoken in Yiddish). It was said to my father (a fifty-six year old man) growing up, and when he began raising children, he started saying it to us. It is used to treat an otherwise tense situation comedically, a way to blow off steam, and promise their children that… Continue Reading »