Below the Beltway / Entertainment

Publish and Perish

WASHINGTON -- I have a new book out, which means Im giving a lot of interviews, which means I keep getting asked the question authors most often get asked, which is Why did you write this book? This question keeps getting asked because its one you...

You News, You Lose

WASHINGTON -- Current events have been so crummy of late that even good news seems to arrive with a bad-news rider attached. About four hours after news broke about a breakthrough with China on global warming, a turning point in the desperate race...

Mythunderstood

WASHINGTON -- You know those Five Myths About ... feature stories that have been proliferating in the media for years? The Washington Post was among the pioneers of the genre and remains one of its most illustrious practitioners. Are you sick of ...

Good Grief, Gene

WASHINGTON -- I went to Ben Bradlees funeral last month, determined not to do anything rude or stupid just to call attention to myself. Youd think this would be an easy job -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, is very good at it -- but it has ...

Gene Sort of Rambles Down Memory Lane

WASHINGTON -- In 1979, I changed careers. I had been a writer, but I decided to become an editor. The reason was that there was a woman with whom I wanted to have frequent sexual congress, but she lived in New York and I lived in Michigan. The ...

Gene's Strange ATM Dance

WASHINGTON -- Dear Citibank:

If you watched my behavior at one of your ATMs, youd think you were looking at a crazy man, which, in a sense, you are. I dip my card, enter my password, and then turn my head away from the screen, squinting at it out...