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#Shortreads for March 18: “My Astounding and Yet Not at All Unusual Day in Culture,’ by David Orr

Thanks to Web sites like and , the Twitter hashtag #longreads , and thepopularity of mobile apps like Instapaper and ReadItLater, it’s easier thanever to find and celebrate excellent, deeply-reported, expansive pieces ofnonfiction writing.

But who’s calling readers’ attention to the beautifully briefand the perfectly pithy? Last week, Slate inaugurated a new weeklyfeature, #Shortreads. Every Friday, we’ll pick our favorite piece of writing fromthe prior week that has fewer than 1,000 words.

This week’s #Shortreadsselection: My Astounding and Yet Not at All Unusual Day in Culture ,” David Orr’s send-up in the Awl of the Paris Review ‘s blog series ” The Culture Diaries ,” in which classy, sophisticated types share what they’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Apparently Orr, poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review , spends most of his day having perfunctory sex and sending inappropriate text messages. (Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review dubbed mrfancyshirts by Orr took the ribbing in stride .)

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