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THE MORNING LINE Forty or so miles south of New York City, Marlboro, New Jersey has taken Wayne LaPierre's advice, installing armed guards in every school. This is an incoherent response to gun violence, as Leonard Pitts Jr. argues.


Glories of Old Masters: Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is offered by Cooper Union, held at the Met on six Saturdays, 2:30-4pm, starting February 2, $210.

Performance artist Marina Abramovic talks about her long and influential career on March 15, 6:30pm, at The Times Center, $35.


At the Explorers Club on January 14, 7pm, Jason Kendall looks at Voyager's 35-year journey (so far) and its next 'stop'—interstellar space.

Heart of Darkness with Jeremiah Ostriker, on February 11, 7:30pm, at AMNH, will go all dark matter on you, arguing its fundamental place in the cosmos. Ostriker's book of the same name is out January 22.


Two very different guests at 92Y, both promising interesting talk.

Wunderkind(ish) Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is interviewed by Paul Goldberger on January 24, 8:15pm, $29, about his work, including plans for his first New York building, a pyramid(ish) residential tower all the way west on 57th Street.

Al Gore discusses The Future, his new book out January 29 and what he calls the six drivers of global change, with Charlie Rose on January 29, 8:15pm, $29.


Only a handful of seats are left to Selected Shorts: Junot Díaz and Karen Russell at Symphony Space on January 23, 7:30pm, $28. This Is How You Lose Her is the latest from Díaz and Russell made a splash in 2011 with her debut novel Swamplandia!.

Climb the Everest of literature in the Reading James Joyce's Ulysses class at NYU starting Thursday, February 7, 7-8:40pm, 10 sessions, $430. Because it's there. And because it really is that great.


The New School offers a 15-session class starting January 29 called U.S. History in Thirteen Acts, that takes a document, image or object each week as a jumping-off point for an interesting, non-linear approach to the country's story. (Search for course # NHIS3211, section A)

Lincoln is everywhere these days and that includes the Tenement Museum where David von Drehle discusses the great man in the year 1862, as he does in his excellent book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year. January 29, 6:30pm.


Can comics be brain food? Find out at the Brooklyn Brainery, January 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30pm, $31, when they take up The History of the Graphic Novel.

Edited by John Jay faculty, the first book to look at the criminology of the 2008 financial crisis: How They Got Away with It: White Collar Criminals and the Financial Meltdown.

Can't decide which one of all these events to attend, subjects to study or books to read? Try this: A evening with philosopher Nassim N. Taleb and Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who will discuss their views on how people make decisions. It's Live from the NYPL, February 5, 7pm, $25.

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