newyorker:

Richard Brody argues that watching any five minutes of a top-ranking film is enough to arouse admiration. Does the same apply to television shows? http://nyr.kr/1lr9G0D

“Five minutes are, of course, not enough for a substantial and informed judgment, but they’re enough to stoke desire or to inhibit it. Five minutes are indicators, not proofs. Distinguishing their qualities and merits is a matter of aesthetics—or, rather, simply, beauty, and I understand why the very notion of beauty may get in the way of appreciating many TV shows.”

“reading a few pages of any really good book should astound and delight, and send a reader to the beginning to devour the book whole.” Yup, i can vouch for that..

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