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Live and work in NYC metro; born and bred in New England
About Me:
Screenwriter. Pop™. Part-time girl. Passionate activist against All Things Mediocre.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
A story, well told. Anyone with a strong Voice. Rabid genre fiction fan since birth -- noir, hard-boiled, pulp, mystery, horror, Cthulhu, dark fantasy, sci-fi... anything that launches from the familiar to the Elsewhere really seems to send me. "Loud quiet loud" like Pixies songs work too.

I hate namechecking cos' I leave out more than I remember: Charles Dickens, Dawn Powell, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Ken Bruen, Elmore Leonard, T. Jeff Parker, Lawrence Block, Stephen King, Charlie Huston, Dashiell Hammett, Brian Vaughn, Warren Ellis, Don Winslow, Holly Black, Francesca Lia Block, Duane Swierczynski, Allan Guthrie, Sean Stewart, Christopher Moore, Scarlett Thomas, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, Richard K. Morgan, Neal Asher, Gregory Galloway, Lawrence Block.

Books I've re-read = Catch 22, Fool on the Hill, The Stand, Alice In Wonderland, The Guards, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I don't have nor miss my television. Netflix helps. The very best show I have ever seen on a television -- ever -- is THE WIRE. Runners up include Arrested Development, Newsradio, Veronica Mars, Barney Miller. And I'm a wicked die-hard (is there any other?) Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Movies: Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Hunt for Red October, Alien, Angel Heart, Blue (Three Colors)...

Directors: Billy Wilder, Peter Weir, The Stevens Soderbergh & Spielberg, Ernst Lubitsch, Preston Sturges, Capra, Hitchcock, Kieslowski, Fellini.

Also Edward Hopper, because he always knew where to put the camera.

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Friday the 13th: By the Numbers

I would never name my child Jason Voorhees.

Wooded lakeside camps have always been forlornly creepy.

Silent giants wearing hockey masks out of context is now nightmare-inducing.

But calendrically there's nothing inherently scary about Friday the 13th. The date is arbitrary. It could have been "Tuesday the 27th."

[insert Wilhelm scream here!!!!].

Some fun facts, courtesy of the one-stop depository of all… Continue

Posted on April 14, 2007 at 2:02pm

Why Most Blogs Suck.

In high school this is how I was taught to write news articles: the "inverted pyramid;" the "lede;" the "five W's and an H." Tease all facts out of the event, record said facts coherently into the template, spell-check, fact-check, print, read. Ta-da! Journalism 101.

The covered events could be boring or exciting, even historic. But that's immaterial to how they should be uniformly reported. When I read news I want information… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2007 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Napkin Noir?

In the grand tradition (urban legend or romantic truth?) of Picasso paying his tabs with on-the-spot sketches, Esquire Magazine solicited authors to pen impromptu stories on cocktail napkins.

Esquire cast its net over the typical Esquire demographic -- mostly male, white, "serious" fiction or Belles Letterers (Rick Moody, Ben Schrank, Jonathan Ames, were notables). The closest they got to genre that I… Continue

Posted on March 15, 2007 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

Quest For Lyrics: "Surgery" by The Vincent Black Shadow

[This is cross-posted to within an inch of its life in numerous places, but I wanted to puff out my Crimespace profile with a first post and this is a good sample. For the day-to-day I have my LJ feed linked to the left and at the bottom of this page.]

Music's my petrol, my caffeine, my heat, my light. I write to what's currently sending me. And like Crash Davis in Bull Durham, I HATE people who get the words wrong.

And people always do. Isn't "excuse me while I eat… Continue

Posted on March 14, 2007 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:56am on January 18, 2008, Kevin Wignall said…
Tiffany, just a brief note of thanks for your generous words about "Who is Conrad Hirst?". It's great that you enjoyed it, and for all the reasons I'd hope for.
At 11:13pm on August 5, 2007, Allan Guthrie said…
You're way too kind, Tiffany. Really delighted you enjoyed "Hard Man" so much.
At 1:55am on June 12, 2007, Kevin Wignall said…
Tiffany, thanks for the invite and for the kind words about "People Die". It's particularly gratifying when someone compliments you and then you discover they have great taste in books, music, films, etc.
At 4:54pm on April 24, 2007, a g bennett said…
Thanks for accepting my invite. I don't watch much TV either-it's too time consuming and disruptive to more creative pursuits. (plus the fact is, in this country, unless you pay for Foxtel to watch the things you used to get for free, there is nothing worth watching anyway).
At 5:16am on April 20, 2007, Donna Moore said…
Thanks for the invite Tiffany. I love your videos...The Cure, The Specials...wonderful stuff :o)
At 6:44am on March 24, 2007, Morgan Mandel said…
Hi Tiffany,
Starbucks seems to be the latest craze around here these days.
At 9:42am on March 21, 2007, Thomas O'Callaghan said…
Likewise, Tiffany. It's very nice meeting you! I see you're a fan of Lawrence Block. My guess, his Matthew Scudder series. Or . . . the Bernie books?
At 1:36am on March 21, 2007, Ali said…
Anyone who likes H P Lovecraft, Richard 'Altered Carbon' Morgan and Larry Block has fine taste

At 5:26am on March 20, 2007, Alison said…
Bleak House & Middlemarch fighting crime, I love it! They could crush evildoers with their combined weight & gravitas.
At 11:11pm on March 19, 2007, Brian Thornton said…
Hi Tiffany- saw somewhere (don't ask me to pinpoint the source) that you were contemplating jumping into the canon of William Faulkner. All I can say, beyond, "Wow," is if you're going to bother, I recommend you start with "The Sound and the Fury." The rotating POVs (especially Benjy's) are interesting examples of stream-of-consciousness stuff that actually works.

I remember it being very difficult, but equally worth it (and how often can one honestly say that in connection with "lit-ra-chuh"?).

Oh, and I love Wilder and Sturges, Capra and Hitchcock (Lubitsch, too, come to think of it). Lastly, it's nice to see that someone else still remembers "Newsradio" fondly.

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