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I will add regular bog posts to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the classroom and these posts will be tweeted. If you are not familiar with Twitter it is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. You can follow me on Twitter to get updates.

As you can see by the screenshot I have now sent 666 tweets … yikes!

Fragments of Dexter: The Credit Sequence as Character Study

We talked about the opening sequence of Dexter today and I added this for you Jordan.

The opening credit sequence of Dexter recalls the opening titles of both Se7en (dir. David Fincher, 1995) and American Psycho (dir. Mary Harron, 2000). From Se7en, the opening of Dexter inherits the themes of fragmentation and extreme precision. Just as the serial killer of Se7en remains unseen until the end of the film, Dexter Morgan is revealed only at the very end of the opening sequence, after a series of fragmented and disorienting close-ups. While the opening sequence of Se7en portrays the precision and menace of a serial killer’s deadly actions, the opening credits of Dexter suggest that the very same careful and clearly deadly precision is present in every aspect of the protagonist’s life.

Read more here.

Never Let Me Go

“It’s an existential fable about people trying to wring some happiness out of life before the lights go out”

Time Magazine

Everyone is on holiday now and you can relax and get into some reading. If you want to stay with the dystopian novels try ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize (an award Ishiguro had previously won in 1989 for The Remains of the Day), for the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award and for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award. Time magazine named it the best novel of 2005 and included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

Time magazine gave this summary of the book in its 100 Best English -language Novels list:

Kathy, Tommy and Ruth are students at Hailsham, a very exclusive, very strange English private school. They are treated well in every respect, but as they grow older they come to realize that there is a secret that haunts their lives: Their teachers regard them with fear and pity, and they don’t know why. Once they learn the secret it is already far, far too late for them to save themselves. Set in a darkling alternate-universe version of England, and told with dry-eyed, white-knuckled restraint, Never Let Me Go is an improbable masterpiece, a science fiction horror story written as high tragedy by a master literary stylist. It’s postmodern in its conception, but Ishiguro isn’t playing games or chasing trends: The human drama of Never Let Me Go, its themes of atrocity and acceptance, are timeless and, sadly, permanent.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,1951793,00.html #ixzz16WEBYqDu