Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

The Old is New (is Old Again)

There are a number of meanings for the word ‘trope;’ the one I’m interested in is, in a sense, the nice version of a cliche. It’s something familiar, a theme or occurrence that can be found across a genre. For instance, any number of fantasy tropes spring from or are present in Tolkein’s Lord of […]

A Murder of Crows

Crows scare me.  More specifically, San Diego crows scare me.  They are loud, hungry, aggressive towards humans, wicked smart, and, their scariest quality…they remember you. I was taking my dog out for a walk one sunny day when we came upon a bunch of crows who’d dug a chicken leg out of the park garbage […]


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