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September 2019- Dallas

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letter editor ANA HOP 30 T hat was quick, wasn't it? Fall has arrived, and I couldn't begin to tell you where the summer went. Well, that's not entirely true. The things currently scattered around my desk offer clues as to what's been happening around here: A towering stack of unread magazines (WSJ, Architectural Digest, Town & Country) says I'm far behind on my required reading; my Bell'Invito desk calendar says it's mid-August, a reality I have yet to fully embrace; the growing pile of fall invitations (parties, fundraisers, baby showers, weddings) tells me my schedule won't soon slow down; a bouquet of white roses in a Tiffany & Co. terracotta pot (a gift from a publicist) reminds me that fall is here and, with it, new collections to cover for the new season; three vials of Supernatural essential oils continue to serve as nature's Xanax; and then there are the pages and pages of notes. Some list the stories we're publishing in this issue of PaperCity Dallas, and others list the stories we're publishing in our debut issue of PaperCity Fort Worth. Yes, nine months ago we made the decision to take this show on the road, with a dedicated issue for our friends 35 minutes west. I am mightily proud of that issue — and of our team that created it — and I can't wait to see it hit stands this month. Then there are those other notes, the ones that spell out all of my to-dos (write this profile, edit that story, call back this friend, send that person a thank-you card). It's a bit of a mess, really. But that's the fun of it. None of us ever got into magazines for the slow pace and dull moments. All of us here thrive on the idea that we're constantly forging ahead, running a million miles an hour as we look for new stories and ways to tell them that feel thoughtful and creative. Our team has done that in spades this month — not just for one city, but for two. Home design editor Rebecca Sherman revisits the work of brutalist architect Paul Rudolph. Her story is a perfect example of history repeating itself — a long-forgotten trend has once again become chic. In Rebecca's story, we are offered a look at images from the marvelous Rudolph-designed Bass House in Fort Worth — a rare glimpse at one of the most masterful residential architecture gems in our state. On the topic of fine art, you mustn't miss an essay on the topic of masterpieces, smartly penned by culture/style editor Billy Fong. Each month, Billy's writing becomes more intensely felt, this time leading us on an intellectual journey that forces us to question the role men — and women — play in our lexicon of artistic masterpieces. Call it art history, reinvented. As I wind down this letter, I find myself looking at a lone, handwritten note peeking out from under a stack of coffee-table books about Diana Vreeland. There are a couple items on the list, which was likely written back in April. One bit stands out. It says: "Book flight to California? Nantucket?" Alas, neither of those trips ended up happening this summer. But it was well worth it. For the trade was a dynamic new Fort Worth magazine — and a September issue that feels as fresh and inventive as ever. Christina Geyer Dallas Editor in Chief

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