A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.
The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.
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This blog is updated by one of our circulation assistants (and YA enthusiast), RJ. Follow us to find out what's new in our Young Adult corner, or just for a daily dose of literary shenanigans.
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The Last Question by Issac Asimov
They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
Human Intelligence by Kurt Anderson
I selected these short pieces because I knew they are all (a) good and (b) available online. Reflecting, though, they fit together - all of them dealing with themes of progress and intelligence. I’m particularly fond of Kurt Anderson’s Human Intelligence, which I first learned about by hearing it performed aloud on Studio 360 while driving through town on Christmas Eve.