there’s something about paul graham’s essays that always rubs me wrong. his latest, made in usa is about things he says americans do better than people in other countries, and why. one of the things he cites is movies, and i think he overstates the role of directors in ensuring the quality of american films. i think there is a much better explanation: quantity. relative to our population, the united states pumps out a prodigious number of films, especially once you expand the definition of the film industry to include television and the adult film industry. (and i would include them, because there is a lot of crossover of actors, writers, and directors between the film and television industries, and as i understand it, a lot of crossover of production folks between the adult and mainstream film industries.)

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