What We’re Reading This Week: Schoolhouses, Cruise Food, Dog Costumes

If you appreciate practical, locally designed buildings that convey a sense of history and place, don't miss Nate Schweber's “Small Wonders” in Historic Preservation magazine. It examines the role one-room schoolhouses played—and still play, in some cases—in rural Montana's far-flung towns. The ability of different communities to adapt these varied, still-meaningful structures resonated with me: when preserving history brings people together, it's good for everyone. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

One of this week's highlights for me was Helen Rosner's essay “When You Love a Book Because of Who It's From” on BuzzFeed. “Like a kiss, like a crush, like love itself, opening a book at someone else’s suggestion is simultaneously a solitary act and a shared one,” she writes. “We may travel these paths alone, but we visit common territory.” —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

I wandered into the Monocle storefront in the West Village last week and picked up the latest issue, which I can’t put down. From a new boutique hotel in the mountains of eastern Turkey to a profile of New Zealand’s preeminent industrial designer Gifford Jackson, the magazine is testament to the fact that Tyler Brûlé’s nest of culture vultures have their editorial claws on all things cutting-edge. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities & Cultural Destinations

I've been spending the past couple of days poring over the food issue of The New Yorker, and while there were quite a few pieces that caught my eye, one the highlights was David Owen's ­­­­­rich description of the enormity of fine dining on cruise ships in “Floating Feasts.” It's fascinating to read about how much food is prepared and eaten on your typical colossal-sized cruise ship. —Megan Suckut, Digital Editorial Intern

Beedogs.com is so simple and yet I can’t look away. —Sue Wilker, SEO Marketing Manager