From page to screen: TV's The New Yorker amuses, inspires

Last month, Amazon Prime launched the new original series “The New Yorker Presents.” A fan of the magazine and its podcasts, I added the show to my watchlist and let it sit, assuming it really wouldn’t satisfy when I sought good television programming.

I’m not sure what I expected from the 91-year-old publication, known for its unrivaled literary, arts and political coverage, but it wasn’t this.

This digital cultural magazine, in its first season, brings The New Yorker to life in a way that will inspire writers and artists and inform the masses. Each episode is short, not even 30 minutes, and therefore doesn’t explore any subject in great depth. The first takes on “The Truman Show” delusion, where people believe their lives are reality shows; the FBI’s foreknowledge of 9/11; and a short film with actor Paul Giamatti as caffeine-addicted author Honore de Balzac:

The second episode presents an honest, unbiased documentary on child bull riders, writer Edwidge Danticat looks at racial violence using the art of Jacob Lawrence as a backdrop, there is a poem and much more.

“The New Yorker Presents” is time well spent.