Newspaperman at @washingtonpost writing a book on bombs for @BlueRiderPress. Buffalo boy. The circus is either in town or it isn't.

U.N. nuclear conference collapses over WMD-free zone in the Middle East

By Dan Zak — An attempt to strengthen and expand the world's premier arms-control treaty ended in failure here Friday as international delegations squabbled over a long-sought goal of establishing a ban on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

David Letterman: Outtakes from his Kennedy Center Honors interview

By Dan Zak — It's both foolish and impossible to reduce a man - especially a Letterman - to a mere 3,000 words. I talked to Dave for 46 minutes on Nov. 13, 2012, in the Broadway office of his production company Worldwide Pants Inc., which, besides "The Late Show," has produced "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson and the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Shearer of ‘Simpsons’ visits D.C. to screen post-Katrina New Orleans film

By Dan Zak — The bar at the Willard is too noisy for Harry Shearer, who doesn't want to talk over the bourbon-swishing belly laughs of happy hour. Gotta watch the voice. "It's my meal ticket," he says, ducking into the mirrored elevator off the gilded lobby.

‘The End of Men’: Talk all about it

By Dan Zak — The wife has written a book called " The End of Men." The husband, at his peril, is interviewing her in front of an audience. Right now, the couple are talking about how men have a better shot these days at getting into private universities through gender-based affirmative action.

At U.S. Open, free of digital devices, such as BlackBerries and iPhones

By Dan Zak — Plush fairways crest and roll. Men swing at dimpled orbs. Spectating chorales surround immaculate greens and release Handel-esque harmonies of sighs and cheers. The scene is pastoral, precise, graceful. But every few minutes, a spectator will reflexively grope his buttocks, looking for a portal away from the golf, wanting to touch a BlackBerry that isn't there.

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FlackShame: The flack bites back!

By Dan Zak — I do not enjoy receiving PR pitches for things that don't matter or aren't interesting. So I exact vengeance on Twitter. Today, a publicist proved to be a decent foil.

It's a Nerd. It's in Pain. It's Superstud

By Dan Zak — The first time Paul Feig was naked in front of a woman was 1986, when he was 24. After all those years, he was ready. More important, she was willing. But what followed was less a sequence from a Pat Conroy novel and more a spectacular NASCAR spinout.

Movie Review: ‘Whiteout' With Kate Beckinsale

By Dan Zak — "Whiteout" is so staggeringly bad that it achieves a kind of transcendent poetry. It's ignorant of how things are in the real world, of what makes a thriller a thriller, of why people seek out entertainment. It's a movie made for an irony-free world populated by impaired moviegoers who are amused...

Rapper Common performs at White House amid media controversy

By Dan Zak — Despite the protestations of some media figures, a rapper performed in front of schoolchildren Wednesday evening at the White House. Somehow, the Earth kept turning. The Grammy-winning hip-hop stalwart Common was one of several artists who celebrated poetry and the spoken word before an audience of dozens of high-schoolers, President Obama and the first lady.
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I don't care about your venture-capital firm unless it's investing in a way to monetize leg and back sweat.

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Can't believe normals routinely get up this early.

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