Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great Regulars: Unpicking the mind of this high-­functioning psychopath

will take some care, but, before delving into Dex's ­disturbingly interesting soul, we should look at the big picture. Everybody knows--or should know--that American long-form TV is one of the great art forms of our time. The Wire, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Shield and, I will insist, Dexter represent a revolution in narrative art comparable to the creative apotheosis of the novel in the 19th century. Less often noticed is the central theme that connects all of these shows: the cult of the antihero.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Dexter: The Dandy Psychopath

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