What We’re Reading This Week: Architecture, Photography, Illustrations

Taras Grescoe's travel story “The Man Who Changed the Face of Shanghai,” from The New York Times, captured a slice of a vanished past while keying me in to China's present. I knew about Shanghai's Art Deco and Streamline Moderne treasures but didn't realize how important Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon—with family money made from opium and cotton—was in building so many distinctive structures in the center of his business empire. In a sign that times change, the Chinese have begun to appreciate the value of treasures like the restored Peace Hotel, even though they recall a pre-revolutionary era. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

I was excited to read about which New York City restaurants received coveted Michelin stars this week. New York Magazine has a list of all the restaurants, along with links to reviews that have me salivating. —Teddy Minford, Managing Editorial Assistant

In looking for a life-affirming antidote to Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which I’ve just finished, I picked up Wells Tower’s debut short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. Despite the bleak title, the stories are full of rich imagery, often hilarious, and oddly redemptive. The standout so far is “The Brown Coast,” the first story Tower ever wrote. A unique voice, and highly recommended. —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

I have the dubious distinction of having censored one of Alison Bechdel’s cartoons years ago (at the insistence of my boss at the time, who thought it was too racy). It’s even more embarrassing now that she’s a certified genius, according to the MacArthur Foundation. I loved reading a profile about her in Buzzfeed, of all places. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

Photoshelter recently tweeted a link to this interview from July with photographer Ken Kaminesky about the business of travel photography. Ken was spot on in communicating how much hard work it takes to get those lovely travel photos, which is obviously why I appreciated the article. It's harder work than people realize! —Jennifer Arnow, Senior Photo Editor