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92nd Street Y Launches Online Archive with 1,000 Recordings of Readings, Performances, More

Alone for the holidays or maybe just need something to distract yourself from the endless chatter of not-distant-enough relatives? You’re in luck: The 92nd Street Y has uploaded a treasure trove of archived recordings:

Via Open Culture:

Located at the corner of 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the 92Y has a venerable history of public performance, conversation, poetry and beyond. Vonnegut himself appeared at the 92Y seven times to read aloud from his own work. (Including this reading from Breakfast of Champions three years before the book was published.)

Cultural programming has been a focus at the 92Y since it opened in 1874. Originally, it served mostly German-Jewish men (note, it isn’t a YMCA, but a YM-YWHA—Young Men’s and Women’s Hebrew Association). But the Kaufmann Concert Hall opened in 1930, and that’s where a veritable Who’s Who of noted entertainment, politics, sports, and science figures have appeared over the years, speaking to that “wide awake and responsive” audience.

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