Photo: Texas license plate. Courtesy the Museum of Broken Relationships
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Love and loss can be complicated. If you've shared a romance with all of Facebook – and then it ends – can the company design a way to relieve your break-up pain? How much does a caring symbol help? We talk to Dacher Keltner, an expert on the psychology of emotion, who is a consultant on Facebook's “Compassion” team.
The mementos of broken relationships usually sit in a dusty closet. So what happens when someone decides to collect them and display them to the public? Meet Alexis Hyde, director of the new Los Angeles Museum of Broken Relationships, on Hollywood Boulevard. She curates a space filled with the crowd-sourced totems of heartbreak, sprung from all sorts of relationships: romantic, familial or platonic.
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Years ago, Olivia Laing packed her bags, moved from the UK to New York, and found herself very isolated. The experience fueled her latest book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone. We sat down with her in the studio, and asked: what is it about a city teeming with people that can make us still feel so lonely?