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Written around Thanksgiving 2011 for artworks.org, the blog of the National Endowment for the Arts. We were asked to give thanks for an artist we were grateful for. -DL

Alfred Hitchcock. In 300 years, people may think of Hitchcock the way we think of Shakespeare now, as the virtuoso of a young entertainment form during the age in which it transformed into art. I have watched and rewatched (and rewatched) his films and the world they create only gets deeper each time.