Newspaperman at @washingtonpost writing a book on the bomb for @BlueRiderPress (summer 2016). Buffalo boy. The circus is either in town or it isn't.

The Leap Second: Why 2008 Seems Just a Little Longer

By Dan Zak — This weary/manic/glorious/tragic/bizarre year will last one second longer than you think. As 2008 circles the drain, here comes the pithy news item about the "leap second." It's exactly what it sounds like. Tonight, timekeepers will slide an extra second into the world's clock. Tick tock tick tock TICK TOCK.

What’s it like to work for 60 years at the same place?

By Dan Zak — Up at 5:30, out the door by 6, in his white Ford truck by 6:01. The odometer has 140,565 miles on it. On the lip of the tape deck, a cassette of the best of Lightnin' Hopkins. By 6:02 Charles Woodson, 78, is rolling toward the Woodley Park Towers, just as he's done for the past 60 years.

A gay day in America’s gay capital

By Dan Zak — On Friday morning the country's gayest outpost, the capital of this adolescent empire, moved the United States another step toward adulthood, or damnation, depending on your druthers. Five Supreme Court justices declared that marriage is a right protected by the Constitution, whether you're gay or straight, whether you're in Massachusetts or Mississippi.

Rumsfeld says story mischaracterized his views on Iraq. What did he really say - or mean?

By Dan Zak — Many, many people over the past 12 years have argued that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was a mistake, but then last weekend Donald Rumsfeld said it, too - or seemed to, according to a headline in the Times of London: "Bush was wrong on Iraq, Rumsfeld says." Say what?

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.

Night Lives - chronicling the waking hours of Washington D.C.'s nocturnal denizens - The Washington Post

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Jul 04, 2015

@Handler_Martin You might like my book. Or actually maybe you won't.

Jul 03, 2015

It's 5 o'clock in L.A., pig. Time for a white wine and a cigarette and some quinoa.

Jul 03, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Irregularly flushed toilets. This is how the end begins. With the smell of stagnant urine.

Jul 03, 2015

"Huh!" moment in this piece on Robert Frank: Kerouac couldn't drive!…

Jul 03, 2015

This Parker Posey profile is the Parker Posiest.

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