Tuesday, January 13

The snooze or the sitcom? If you like naps, Nobel Prize–winning economist and Times columnist Paul Krugman stoops to appear at the 92nd Street Y discussing with the avuncular Bill Moyers how the aforementioned soon-to-be Bodysurfer in Chief can cure what’s ailing us, financially speaking. For those who prefer a more immediate jolt to the system, Darren Star (he of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Sex and the City) joins saucy sitcom writer and novelist Maria Semple as she reads from her saucy new satire of L.A., This One Is Mine, after which they banter about that elusive grail, writing for television.

[Paul Krugman at the 92nd Street Y, 1295 Lexington Avenue, 8 p.m., http://www.92y.org; Maria Semple and Darren Star, the Strand, 828 Broadway, 7 p.m., 212-660-6643]

mbryan@observer.com

Tuesday, January 13