I'm a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, which is an old American university founded by Benjamin Franklin. I do research about how children learn language. I'm also a teacher, which in my case means that in the spring I write and perform a different one-man show twice a week for 450 spectators.
How I travel: when in cities, I bicycle. When outside cities, river canoeing and backpacking into wild mountainous places. Some of my best, or failing that my most necessary, meals were cooked with a BioLite somewhere around 2500 m surrounded by granite, fir, and snowmelt.
As a houseguest I'm on the meticulous side. I put away my toys.
I've lived in New England, New York, England, France, the Netherlands, and California; I've been a pole vaulter, a fencer (foil/fleuret), and an Ultimate player. I confess to occasional pilates and somewhat more than occasional running.
Music: these days, Beirut, the Austrian DJ Dunkelbunt, Mathieu Boogaerts, Lonely Drifter Karen, Quebecois rock band the Breastfeeders, Sleigh Bells, Babet, and any sound I can get from my ukelele. My favorite venues are Johnny Brenda's and Union Transfer in Philly, and La Java, le Limonaire, and sometimes the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.