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Celebrity Lectures at the 92nd Street Y

Can we talk? You bet. Communicate face-to-face at the 92nd Street Y.

Can we talk? Answer: You bet. In this age of texts and tweets, emails and blogs, Skype and Instagram, the art of conversation—two people communicating face to face and side by side in the same room—is, thankfully, alive and well at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave., 212.415.5500). This month’s one-on-ones, attended by 1,000 audience members in the cultural center’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, strike every chord, including the historical (author David McCullough discussing his new book on the Wright Brothers with filmmaker Ken Burns, May 7) and the political (former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates telling his story to journalist Charlie Rose, May 19). Cartoonist Jules Feiffer looks back at his career with novelist Neil Gaiman (May 14), as does actor Neil Patrick Harris with hotelier Jonathan Tisch (May 27). If anyone knew how to converse, it was the late comedienne Joan Rivers, whose catchphrase was “Can we talk?” Her daughter, TV producer Melissa Rivers (pictured), proves the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when she reminisces about her mother with co-host of NBC’s Today Show Hoda Kotb (May 12).