Thanks to Web sites like Longform.org and Longreads.com , the Twitterhashtag #longreads , and the popularity of mobile apps like Instapaperand ReadItLater, it's easier than ever to find and celebrate excellent,deeply-reported, expansive pieces of nonfiction writing. But who's calling readers' attention to the beautifully brief andthe perfectly pithy? That's why Slate has inaugurated a new weekly feature, #Shortreads. Every Friday, we'llpick our favorite piece of writing from the prior week that has fewer than1,000 words.
This week's #Shortreads selection: Matthew Doig's hilariousand inspiring want ad for reporters to join the investigative team at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune . It's not only anunconventional love letter to Florida and a cride coeur for old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone reporting (which may be whyit's proved so popularwith journalists ), it's also got a masterful sense of rhythm. It might justinspire you to pack up and move to the land of "corruption, violence andscumbaggery" yourself.
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