Category Archives: Hooks

Final Project: Women Who Look in Hitchcock’s Films

For my final project, I plan to examine the female gaze/women who look within the work of Alfred Hitchcock.  I will look at Rear Window (1954), Suspicion (1941), and either Vertigo (1958) or Shadow or a Doubt (1943), but possibly both. … Continue reading Continue reading

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bell hooks on “Paris is Burning”

In her book Black Looks: Race and Representation (which we read an excerpt of for class), bell hooks gives a rather scathing critique of Paris is Burning. She criticizes the film as too privileging a view of white femininity as … Continue reading Continue reading

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First Impressions

1.  There used to be a name for gifted people like Aiko. Tobi ga taka wo umu, or a hawk born from kites.  Only now, everyone can be a hawk. 2.  If you ask for her most treasured memory, she’ll tell you it’s a scent.  Ask her for her favorite story, and she’ll say it’s a song. […] Continue reading

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Gimme Five

B6:  Five ideas for “hooks” to kick-start a Sci-Fi story… 1)  As soon as he stepped foot on the ship’s bridge, the Captain understood why he’d been disturbed from his much-needed slumber. Resting before him, in a forgotten solar system in a forgotten outskirt of the Milky Way, was a little rock long since dismissed […] Continue reading

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Killer Hooks

A macabre series of opening lines to match the title of this blog post. 1. As Peter gazed at the colossal asteroid, it gazed straight back at him and blinked. 2. The being was divine it seemed, containing a conscience so vast and powerful it single-handedly made Jeff a believer. 3. Through the lens of the microscope, back into […] Continue reading

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Hook, Line & Sinker

Fourscore and seven years ago, the world turned to darkness. Utter and complete darkness. The government had ignored the signs; the people had ignored the signs. Nobody was to blame, but everybody was to blame. The list of pointed fingers was endless. Pounding heart. Tunnel vision. Dr. Bryan’s lungs screamed for air as he waited […] Continue reading

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Blog 6: Sci-fi Pickup Lines

1. Millions of years before the rise of unicellular life, Earth was bathed in a sea of organic compounds. Each individual compound was endowed with its own chemical signature as well as a distinct volition that modern man calls consciousness – enabling each compound to intentionally violate the cold, impersonal laws that nowadays underpin all […] Continue reading

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5 Engaging Starting Points

1. Everyone had expected the international release of the commercial time machine to be the start of a new knowledge revolution – past, present and future always at your fingertips. However, no one could have predicted the horrors that came hand in hand with the ability to see from the beginning to the end of […] Continue reading

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