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The Sleazy Man’s Comeback, One Couple’s Crazy Water Use and Central Park’s Real History

What We’re Reading

BY // 08.09.16

Our editors are a diverse lot, and are constantly perusing a long and broad list of publications. Fashion? Art? Architecture? Culinary studies? Semantics? It’s all here. In What We’re Reading, PaperCity shares the wealth.

Have you ever attempted to write a novel? Or perhaps you have one or two under your belt? Either way, it’s good to know thyself and your habits when writing the Great American Novel: Simply put, are you a Pantser, or a Planner? Here’s the scoop.

It’s the Return of the Sleazy Man! His style is ’70s all the way, including Gucci flares, Saint Laurent wide-lapel suits, and shiny ankle boots. Yes, Ben Cobb has the look.

Who doesn’t love a great book cover? They can be works of art, and they can hold sway over one’s eyes and minds. The original cover of The Great Gatsby, for example, or most of the works of Chip Kidd. Read this for a walk through the mind of another designer, Paul Buckley of Penguin Classics.

An urban park was once considered a radical idea. Then along came Frederick Law Olmsted, the man behind Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and many others. Olmsted, along with Calvert Vaux, his creative partner, were the first professional landscapers, and their art delights millions to this day. What a life Olmsted led. After reading this, you’ll never think of Central Park in the same way again.

Water, water, everywhere. Well, not so much anymore. We all know about conservation and drought and irrigation restrictions. But do you know the couple who uses more water than all the homes in Los Angeles combined? Meet them here.

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