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For more than 140 years 92nd Street Y has harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives. This podcast features many of the fascinating people and conversations from our stage, both recent as well as treasures from the past.
 
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In this episode of 92Y Talks, Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Moses Ingram, and Scott Frank discuss their new Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit with Jodie Foster. Based on the Walter Trevis novel about a Cold War-era chess prodigy, it’s a coming-of-age story like no other—a complex portrait that follows a young girl from a Kentucky orphan…
 
Alan Hollinghurst on his selection: I read “September 1, 1939,” the date being that of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, which marks the start of the Second World War. It’s a poem Auden himself was dissatisfied with, he cut it, changed some important wording, and later refused to reprint it, feeling it was intellectually dishonest. Nonetheless, in its m…
 
Hanif Abdurraqib on his selection: This poem is an interesting choice for me, as someone who is always too anxious to engage in the act of singing at any karaoke night, but there is something I love about being present during a karaoke night. And what I think I love about seeing the kind of excitement that fans through a room or that fans through o…
 
Miller Wolf Oberman on his selection: I will not try to introduce Anne Carson here. If you are one of the several people who do not know the work of this poet, essayist, and classicist, I will just say I envy you your impending discovery. One of the great joys, for me, of her work is that I am never certain what I’ll find. A scholarly translation o…
 
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado on his selections: What could we say to them, those we love, those we’ve lost, our beloveds, now eight months into a pandemic? What kind of vow could make ourselves legible to them and therefore to ourselves? It's been 229 days since I left the Upper East Side and opened shop in Brooklyn, where I spend most of my days at w…
 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez on his selection: My choice is one of my favorite passages in Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, the book that we Spanish speakers think of as the place where the novel was born. Along with Shakespeare and Montaigne, Cervantes, with this book, invented the modern man; and, as I intend to prove or suggest, he also anticipated …
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin discuss their new Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit with actress and comedian Retta. Shearer and Teplin share their secrets for conquering your clutter with their unique brand of interior styling, practicality and humor. The conversation was streamed live as part of the 92nd…
 
Dunya Mikhail on her selection: My translation of this poem by Louise Glück, the 2020 Nobel Laureate in Literature, is part of my continuous work to translate contemporary American poetry into Arabic. Like the rest of Louise Glück’s poetry, “Winter Recipes from the Collective” makes us contemplate how a personal narrative informs a universal truth.…
 
Tina Chang on her selection: I chose to read "Things I Didn't Know I Loved," by Nâzım Hikmet and translated from the Turkish by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk, from the collection, Poems of Nâzım Hikmet. Hikmet is one of Turkey's most foremost poets and recognized as one of the world's most influential poets of the twentieth century. Born in 1902, h…
 
Disney+’s Howard: Don Hahn, Alan Menken, Paige O’Hara, Jodi Benson, Bill Lauch, and Sarah Gillespie in Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson In this episode of 92Y Talks, director Don Hahn, Alan Menken, Paige O’Hara, Jodi Benson, Bill Lauch, and Sarah Gillespie talk with Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson about the life and creative force of H…
 
Most parents would readily agree that they’d do anything to protect their child—but what happens when that child is accused of the unthinkable? Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery star in Apple’s limited series Defending Jacob, about the seemingly idyllic Barber family and the upheaval they experience when their son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) is charged w…
 
Eileen Myles on their selection: I picked this book off a shelf in a small place I was staying in Provincetown this summer. I'd never read Victor Hugo and found his writing so painterly and lush and philosophical and yet confoundingly graphic. A shipwreck felt so culturally apt too. I think we are at sea.  The Man Who Laughs at Bookshop.org Music: …
 
Lila Azam Zanganeh on her selection: Césaire speaks to me, a French-born Iranian, as the poet of migration and metissage, but also as the poet of longing for a home destroyed out of recognition. Césaire is the rare political poet who is an alchemist in his own right—Rimbaud reborn in Martinique, a mere quarter of a century after his death. He is al…
 
Netflix’s The Innocence Files with Alex Gibney, Roger Ross Williams, Liz Garbus, Cynthia Littleton, Peter Neufeld, Vincent Southerland and Derrick Hamilton How do innocent people end up in prison? The Innocence Project has been exploring this problem—and combating it—for decades. And now a new Netflix documentary series, The Innocence Files, is pul…
 
Isabella Hammad on her selection: Prisoner of Love is Jean Genet’s strange, recursive, resistant chronicle of the time he spent in the early 1970s with the Palestinian fedayeen in the refugee camps in Jordan. Edward Said called it “a seismographic reading, drawing and exposing the fault lines that a largely normal surface had hidden.” Throughout th…
 
Ada Limón on her selection: I chose to read poems by Alejandra Pizarnik, from her book Extracting the Stone of Madness, translated by Yvette Siegert, who has done a marvelous job. I believe Pizarnik, an Argentinian author who died in 1972 at the young age of thirty-six, is largely not well-known in the United States—I highly recommend looking her u…
 
Francisco Goldman on his selection: My reading is from Vladimir Nabokov's novel, Pnin.  Timofey Pnin, Russian emigre professor at Wainsdell College somewhere in the Northeast, has belatedly just learned to drive, and has undertaken the drive to the summer house of the wealthy emigre Alexandr Petrovich Kukolnikov, otherwise known as Al Cook.  There …
 
Entertainment Weekly’s Gerrad Hall discusses the Netflix series Queer Eye with Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness, and look back on some of the show’s most poignant –– and hilarious! –– moments. After five seasons, countless French tucks, seven Emmys, and lots of tears, their message of acceptance and equal…
 
Elizabeth Strout on her selection: William Trevor is brilliant at capturing the nuances of many people's perspectives, all in one story, as he does in this story of a young woman is who just reaching adulthood.  We see her sorrows, confusions, and the poignancy of all the characters involved.  Trevor is a wonder in his ability to portray characters…
 
Jennifer Egan on her selection: The House of Mirth was the first literary classic that I picked up entirely on my own, without prodding from a teacher or a parent, and adored.  I read it as a teenager, during a stifling summer visit to my grandparents, when my literary tastes were unsophisticated (Archie comics were high on my list).  I recall the …
 
Anne Carson on her selection: Edwin Denby is a pleasure and an education to read.  He lived from 1903 to 1983 and wrote dance criticism, more general cultural criticism, and poetry. His observation of what happens on stage is so punctilious, his way of telling you about it so simple and clear, his manner of telling so gracious. He was friends with …
 
When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an “illegal knife” in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts that video evidence later confirmed, treated “roughly” as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma from which he would never recover. In the wake of a long history of economic inequalit…
 
Leslie Jamison on her selection: More than anything, I love Brian Doyle for his awe. It's not a blinding or a blunting awe, the kind of awe that scours away the grit and grain and difficulty of things -- it's more like supple attention, an awe not just for hummingbird hearts the size of pencil erasers or whale hearts with valves like swinging saloo…
 
Join celebrated director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) and rising star KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) for a conversation with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins about Prince-Bythewood’s brilliant new Netflix movie The Old Guard. A tough and thoughtful action thriller starring Charlize Theron and Ki…
 
Asa Drake on her selections: I read two poems by Ai, "Cuba, 1962" and "Guadalajara Cemetery." I found her book Vice when I started working for the public library. I don't know how this book found its way into Central Florida, but her poems made me feel at home again in the South, where everything outside of me is beautiful and violent, and somehow …
 
From Douglas Kearney's "Playing the Changing Same:" There’s a saying that goes, “the more things change the more they stay the same.” It’s worn, maybe, but not played out. More than whatever truth it holds, I’ve been drawn to the maxim’s symmetry and paradox, something I might describe to my students as holding a contradiction in its hands. Yet, it…
 
We all know that Martin Luther King made his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington but the march was much more than that speech. All three TV networks covered it live (using the exotic new Telstar satellite) and the March helped lead to passage of the Civil Rights Act and later the Voting Rights Act. Join Harry Belafonte - one of the o…
 
Roxane Gay on her selection: There is this thing that happens, all too often, when a black woman is being introduced in a professional setting. Her accomplishments tend to be diminished. The introducer might laugh awkwardly, rushing through whatever impoverished remarks they have prepared. Rarely do they do the necessary research to offer any sense…
 
Caryl Phillips on his selection: It’s over thirty years since I first came upon the work of C.P. Cavafy. A friend of mine, a Polish poet, had recommended Cavafy’s Collected Poems translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. I worried a little that, not being a poet, there would not be any real point of connection. However, from the first page I…
 
The second season of Shrill, Hulu’s powerful, acclaimed comedy, drops January 24—and who better to sneak a peek at an episode and mull over the backstory than with its star, exec producer, and co-writer Aidy Bryant? Join the SNL cast member for an in-depth conversation about her return to the show as Annie, the millennial on a body-positivity journ…
 
Rivka Galchen on her selection: I chose this story because it deals with anxieties both rational and irrational. I love the way the narrator of this story works so hard to be cheerful. We see the labor, sometimes absurd, sometimes heroic, that goes into feeling okay with the basics of the world: that time moves, that calamities happen, that our hea…
 
Claudia Rankine on her selection: This untitled poem, by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo, was written in November of 1937. He was living in Paris, having traveled back from Spain, and he was working on what would become the posthumous poems. He worked between September and December of that year and then fell ill and died in March of 1938. The Compl…
 
Join Emmy Award-winning comedian John Mulaney, along with co-writers Marika Sawyer and Eli Bolin, Director Rhys Thomas, and actress Shereen Pimentel as they discuss Mulaney's new Netflix special, John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch—a variety show packed to the gills with song, dance, existential hilarity, special celebrity guests, and a bunch of ki…
 
David Mitchell on his selection: I hope you’re well, whoever you are, wherever you are. If my readings were songs on a playlist, I’d call it "A Winter, Some Ghosts and The Summer." I hope you enjoy it, and I hope to revisit New York soon. 1) John Connolly is a contemporary Irish crime writer and fantasist. This is my favourite very short ghost stor…
 
Luis Alberto Urrea on his selection: Annie Dillard’s books came to me in one of those writerly seasons of transition. I could dip into any of her first volumes and get lost. It’s the way she conflates what some people call “nature writing” with philosophical depths at play, with sudden bursts of homespun vernacular and finally what can only be a ki…
 
Garth Greenwell on his selection: This essay is a marvel. From the tiniest, the most banal drama—a writer is distracted from her book by the fluttering of a moth at the window—Virginia Woolf distills one of the most penetrating explorations I know of the eternal questions: What does it mean to live? What does it mean to die? Woolf’s sentences are g…
 
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