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TNR’s Art and Literary Characters

TNR‘s Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier’s ears must have been burning up last night. Well before he arrived to The Phillips Collection to give a talk on a John Constable oil painting, colleagues gabbed about what a character he is – a few mentioned, for example, his penchant for blasting music at the office. One day it’s Rihanna, the next it’s opera.

Leon doesn’t disappoint. He shows up and people magnetically gravitate toward him. Or was it his hair? He has a spectacular head of shoulder-length, silky, white-gold fluff that makes him a stand-out in any crowd, but especially this well-coiffed, stylish mix.

“I don’t want that on WikiLeaks,” he deadpanned after I snapped his picture.

Later during the talk: “It’s very hard to peel back the familiarity of the work,” he tells a rapt audience stuck on his every word. “It’s a spiritual exercise. When you can do it, great things happen.”

The talk was part of TNR’s co-hosted After 5 dim sum party at The Phillips Collection. Chinatown’s Ping Pong catered the delectable cuisine with shrimp toast among its offerings. Also there to give a talk was the magazine’s Art Critic Jed Perl.

Perl, in from Manhattan, in a tailored brown corduroy blazer and skinny pants, is no slouch alongside Wieseltier. He’s thankfully game to dissect The Devil Wears Prada. He wrote for Vogue in the 80s and reminisced with FishbowlDC about what it was like to be Anna Wintour‘s Art Editor. “She was easy to work with,” he said, explaining she could be shy, not snobby. Of Meryl Streep’s character in the movie, he says, “She doesn’t just play icy bitch. It’s more complex than that.” And so is Wintour. He said she understood him perfectly, is “incredibly smart” and knew his ideal place within the publication. He surmised, “I think she gets a bum rap because she’s a woman. I have a deep respect for her.”

Find out who else attended the party after the jump…

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Golden Gets More Golden at TNR

Jenna Golden, hailed “a force behind unprecedented revenue growth” at TNR, has been promoted to Associate Publisher, announced Publisher Mike Rancilio. The position has been vacant for two years. Golden joined TNR in April 2009.

The release states: …she has been a force behind unprecedented revenue growth and has built an extensive network of both corporate and association clients, including Microsoft, Allstate, Novartis and America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

About Jenna: Golden joined TNR from NJ, where she was an Advertising Account Director. She previously held positions at the United States Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology with a focus on Politics and Media from Georgetown University.

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TNR’s New PayWall In Effect Tomorrow

In effect starting tomorrow, TNR launches its latest subscription product, TNR Society. It is part of a new circulation strategy of establishing a paywall to protect premium and long-form magazine content online.

As explained by a spokesperson: “Most content will remain free of charge (blogs, web columns, some feature articles, etc.). Magazine and long-form content (or select content determined by online editors to be ‘premium’) will be available to subscribers only.”

In other words, most magazine content will be for subscribers only.

“TNR Society will provide our most avid readers with more opportunities to engage with our editorial content across platforms with ‘insider access,’” Publisher Mike Rancilio said. Of the new subscriber-only content: “We are confident that our most committed audience fully appreciates the extraordinary resources we put into our high-quality reporting and analysis in print and online, and is ready and willing to support that investment.”

See the full release after the jump…

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TNR’s Layoffs Up to Six

The New Republic announced today that it has completed layoffs and the total count is: six. Two full-time editorial staffers have been let go; three staff writers are becoming contractors and a final part-time writer’s job has been eliminated.

Senior Editor Chris Orr was among the layoffs, as reported Tuesday by Politico.

TNR is not formally releasing the names of the six people affected by the cuts. If they choose to come forward and name themselves they are free to do so.

“Some will retain titles with The New Republic and will continue to to write for us on a freelance basis,” said Publisher Mike Rancilio through TNR Spokeswoman Elizabeth Thorp.

Everything was afflux Monday with good reason, says Thorp: “They wanted to talk to people who are staying. They were trying to make the math work to save as many people as they could.”