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Larry King is a prophet. On the day the Clinton-Lewinsky story broke, Mr. Stickball writes, “I looked at my wife, Shawn, and made the observation, ‘I got a feeling this is a story that isn’t going to go away for a while.’ It ain’t easy being a beacon of light.” King is a dreamer: “Whenever I’m asked to name people I’d like to interview some day, the list begins with God…” King is a linguist. On talking to Rep. Bob Barr about Monica: “Barr wasn’t going to give an inch. We had a word in Brooklyn when someone was set in their way: grangles. It’s the fingernails-on-the-chalkboard thing. Bob Barr was giving me grangles.” Sadly, his book reveals one true fact: The Hunchback of CNN lives for just one hour of TV a day. When a cabbie asks the Infotainment Candide, “What about the other 23 hours?” King goes limp and defensive. Get the guy to expose himself when he discusses Anything Goes!: What I’ve Learned From Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents at 5:30 p.m. at B. Dalton Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 289-1724. (Jason Cherkis)