I agree with your last point. I think it's much more enjoyable if a writer doesn't describe every physical detail and leave some things up to your imagination, or reveal more details naturally with grouping them all together.
"An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way." -Charles Bukowski
"And by the way, dearie, your punctuation sucks canal water!" -The ghost of Vivian Vance