What We’re Reading This Week: Museums, Ben Bradlee, Business Class

As someone who has a short stamina for wandering through a museum before feeling fatigued, I took heart at the New York Times article “The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum.” According to psychologists, most of us could be getting more out of our museum visits by finding one piece of art that we connect with and sitting with it for 20 minutes, rather than checking off a must-see list of paintings. I wholeheartedly agree—and would add to it that becoming a member of a museum in your home town allows you to visit for a short while to take in a gallery or new exhibit without feeling you have to commit the whole morning to it. —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

Like their coverage of deaths on Mount Everest, Outside asks the question Why Did So Many People Die in Nepal? While others have focused on recent ‘freak snowstorm’ on the popular Annapurna circuit, this story says the bad forecast was anything but. It should have been known well in advance by today’s trekkers, who are surprisingly well connected to the outside world. It will be interesting to see what changes happen to prevent such accidents in the future. —Cate Starmer, Senior Content Management Strategist

I’m finishing Michael Farquhar's Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain, a quick history of the British royals from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II, with one hair-raising chapter per monarch. It’s as breezy and funny as a story filled with betrayals and beheadings can be, and it’s a great primer leading up to a U.K. trip. —Linda Schmidt, Managing Editor

Obituaries can be amazing reading, including this week's Washington Post profile of the paper's game-changing former editor, Ben Bradlee. The newspaper's reporting of the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon and, perhaps even more important, the publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 during the Vietnam War, stand out, but Bradlee's influence on journalism was huge. On a lighter note, read this to learn what “tube-ripper” and “mego” stories meant to the editor. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

In “The Right to Run,” Osita Nwanevu argues that the age of political candidacy should be lowered to 18 across the board. Only 1 percent of Congress is under the age of 35 despite the fact that nearly one-third of adult Americans are. Did you know that 12 of the 55 delegates responsible for drafting the constitution were under 35, and four of them were in their 20s? Food for thought! —Susan Wilker, SEO Marketing Manager

Skift’s recent piece on the rising popularity and improvement of Business Class—who needs First Class? (Apparently, some cultures still do!) —Yasmin Marinaro, Senior Director, Digital Marketing & Business Development

This spoof in The Onion pretty much sums up the media’s ridiculously overblown and American-centric coverage of Ebola. Enough said. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

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