An Open Door to Extraordinary Worlds Opens Wider
November 25, 2013 8:44 AM   Subscribe

The 92 Street Y in New York has just launched an amazing online resource, 92Y On Demand, with recordings from their massive catalog of some of the interviews and performances that have occurred there going back to 1949. Some of the many speakers include Kurt Vonnegut, Chinua Achebe, Sherman Alexie and Sapphire, Dylan Thomas, Maria Bamford, Lou Reed, Dan Savage, Junot Díaz and Jamacica Kincaid, Maurice Sendak, Ruth Reichl with Ann Patchett, David Rakoff, and Leonard Lopate, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
posted by Toekneesan (11 comments total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
Holy cow. This is fantastic. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!!
posted by zarq at 8:57 AM on November 25, 2013

Amazing. Thanks!
posted by chavenet at 9:03 AM on November 25, 2013

With that list of perennial metafilter faves you should have waited til december for this post. nicely done.
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:10 AM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

But it's not about the faves, it's about the sharing, and I just couldn't wait to share this—spirit of the season and all, I suppose.
posted by Toekneesan at 9:20 AM on November 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

This looks like it will be amazing. Also, how can you not love something where Nadine Gordimer is one of the favorites.
posted by hwestiii at 9:24 AM on November 25, 2013

This is great. For all the backlash against TED talks, I have to give them at least partial credit for giving institutions like the Y a model for releasing their treasure-filled archives for free.
posted by gwint at 9:25 AM on November 25, 2013

Oh man, I was hoping they'd do this someday. Thanks!
posted by mykescipark at 9:27 AM on November 25, 2013

My first selection will be Maurice Sendak's 80th birthday from 2008:
posted by wenestvedt at 9:35 AM on November 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

" horticultural Vietnam." Dear Michael Pollan: gasoline and groundhogs do not mix, no.

Thanks, Toekneesan!
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:55 PM on November 25, 2013

What a great site! Thank you for sharing.
posted by Pudhoho at 3:23 PM on November 25, 2013

One of my favorite things about living in NYC was the 92nd Street Y. This will be a lot of fun.

Something that having the opportunity to meet and hear from - in person - such fascinating people has taught me is that some of our more outstanding people lend themselves very well to a crowd (Jane Goodall recently blew me away, although not at the 92nd Street Y), while others seem to perhaps have their true colors shown a bit. I was very disappointed with Dave Eggers, in particular, at the Y when he was reading from What is the What. I suppose it is perhaps natural that many of these people are introverts and not so well at relating to the public from a stage a-la-Dr. Neil. Just something to consider if you find yourself a bit underwhelmed with your own particular muse, at some juncture - we sometimes perhaps place unrealistic expectations on the real person. Or maybe that's just me.
posted by allkindsoftime at 8:17 PM on November 27, 2013

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