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Reading alone

Central Park, south end - 038


This park bench is situated about a block or two south of 72nd Street, on the western side of the inner-park roadway that circumnavigates Central Park.


For some reason, the scene reminded me of the phrase "Bowling alone," about the increasing isolation of people in American society. Of course, reading is typically a solitary activity; but it was interesting that the woman was all alone on the park bench. And the way her hat hid her entire face made it seem even more like she was consciously isolating herself...


Note: this photo was published in a December 15, 2008 blog entitled "5 Classic James Michener novels." It was then ignored for more than a year before being published again in a Feb 24, 2010 Italian blog titled "Il ridicolo senso di colpa delle mamme." Subsequently, it was published in an Apr 19, 2010 Dutch blog titled "Het is jouw feestje." And it was published in a Dec 1, 2011 blog titled "5 challenges of long-term travel and how to cope."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Mar 29, 2012 blog titled "What Fewer Married Americans Means for the Nation. And it was published in an undated (early Jun 2012) blog titled "Social Anxiety Disorders."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an Apr 5, 2013 blog titled "What Would You Do With A Completely Free Day? [POLL]."




These pictures were taken during a 3-hour Labor Day stroll through Central Park -- starting on the west side of the park at 96th Street, and walking around the south end, and back up the east side to 72nd Street.


It was a warm, sunny day, and there were people everywhere -- bicycling, skating, walking, picnicking, sunbathing, frisbee-throwing ... and even getting married. It appears that everyone was enjoying themselves, on this final day of the summer season in New York City...

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Taken on September 1, 2008