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Surprise! Doing Things Alone Can Be Fun

A recent study mentioned in Slate (via Science of Us) suggests that many people, especially women, are afraid to take part in certain leisure activities alone, not just because of safety concerns but because of a psychological hang-up that others will pity them. This fear that others will think “that they could not find friends to accompany them” even extends to an activity which I think requires some alone time: museum-going. Read more

Students gathered around "Grapes" by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: According to What? [Photos]

Students gathered around "Grapes" by Ai Weiwei
Students gathered around “Grapes” by Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s first major exhibit in the United States – “According to What?” – opened a few weeks ago at DC’s Hirshhorn Museum. Taking up almost the entire 2nd floor of the museum as well as a couple of spaces on the ground floor and third floor, According to What? is extensive and impressive. I instantly “got” the message that Weiwei was trying to convey. His exhibit is a commentary on the modern overtaking the ancient, of might overtaking right. I’ve described the exhibit in this article on my USA Travel site and that piece also includes links to more scholarly reviews of the exhibit than I can provide.

 

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Conan O’Brien Invents a Museum I Wish Existed


I tuned in to Conan last night to see one of the best sketches in ages. Conan enlists the help of Corbin Bernsen to present the Museum of Pop Culture References, a fictional museum for viewers who are too young to get Conan’s jokes. Wouldn’t that be a great idea for a real museum?

Photos: The National Arboretum and Bonsai Museum

Being in Washington, DC, I live so close to national museums for everything. Lately, I have been trying to make an effort to visit more of these museums, which is why I found myself at the U.S. National Arboretum on a warm afternoon last week. I was particularly interested in checking out the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, which I wrote about for Gadling. I took a ton of photos while I was there, several of which I posted in a gallery on Gadling. Here are some of those photos as well as a few more that didn’t make the cut.

*All photos taken with the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-WX9 camera (provided courtesy of Sony) or the iPhone 4.