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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Browsing through photos of the usual muttonheads at the Washington Correspondents Dinner the other night we were surprised to see our old friend, brilliant writer/director Bruce Wagner, among the throng.

Wagner, whom you might know from his masterpieces cinematic (*Wild Palms*, *Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills*) and literary (*Force Majeure* , *I’m Losing You*, *Memorial*), is a writer/producer of British actress Tracey Ullman‘s new satirical series, *State of the Union*.

Plutocrat and Graydon Carter acolyte Mike Bloomberg invited the pair to join the Washington festivities as his guest, and Bruce broke out a suitably stylish and idiosyncratic ensemble for the occasion: a suit of evening clothes with frock coat-style jacket and white piqué waistcoat by Dolce & Gabbana, a white Prada dress shirt and a custom-made black silk cravat.

Meanwhile, Bruce is currently researching his seventh (untitled) novel, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2009; God only knows what we’re gonna find to read until then.

- J.P.S.

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Photography by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan