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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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The Fishbowl Interview With TNR’s Rachel Morris

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RM photo1.jpg Say hello to Rachel Morris, TNR‘s new managing editor. We swear we didn’t rig this. Last week our FishbowlDC Interview, Roll Call’s</em Paul Singer, said he wanted Cate Blanchett to portray him in a movie. And this week our interviewee says she, too, wants Blanchett to play her. Weirdly, she shares her name with a criminal involved in a meth ring in Wisconsin. Who knew?

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I know I wouldn’t be a Bud Lime Light.

How often do you Google yourself? Not that often. A while ago I Googled myself and found out I share a name with a 21-year-old criminal from Wisconsin who tried to run down a police officer with her car, because the police officer was trying to arrest her for her connection to a local meth ring. She calls herself “The Penguin.” So now whenever I Google myself I check in to see how her trial is going.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I’m from New Zealand. We’re chronically polite.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Too many to name just one, but if I have to narrow it down, IÂ’ll pick two: David Grann, for his superlative storytelling skills, and Katherine Boo, because she writes about subjects that few other reporters pay attention to.

Do you have a favorite word? I recently discovered “amanuensis.” Not only is it a cool word, I would like to have one someday.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? The First Lady.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I hate pretty much all cell phone rings. Mine’s on vibrate.

When did you last cry and why? I’m not telling you that!

What word do you routinely misspell? Receive, even though I know about the rule with the ‘i’ and the ‘e’ and the ‘c.’

What swear word do you use most often? Ask Joe Biden.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Absolutely.

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TNR Gets a New Managing Editor

Rachel Morris has been named Managing Editor of TNR, Editor Franklin Foer announced today.

About Morris: Until last week, Morris was the articles editor at the D.C. bureau of Mother Jones, Previously she was an editor at Washington Monthly and an assistant editor at Legal Affairs.

A native of New Zealand, Morris came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2003 and has a Masters degree from Columbia.

Morris succeeds Richard Just, who was named executive editor following the departure of Peter Scoblic. Scoblic became a senior policy adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April.

Banjos, Bare Feet and Books: A Party for Ryan Grim

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Grim’s book (left) Members of Merle Haggard Haggard (right)

Saturday night at American Legion #8 – Capitol Hill, DC journos and a few stray winos gathered to toast the release of Ryan Grim‘s new book, “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”

The HuffPo reporter and new author inked copies of his book with the help of wife Elizan Garcia while barefooted band, Merle Haggard Haggard rocked Legion 8.

Spotted: Michael Steel, Jared Allen, David Mark, Ken Vogel, Bob Hillman, Anne Marson, Mike Allen, Jennifer Kohl, Leonard Roberge, Dave Jamieson, Mike Debonis, Jason Cherkis, Gail Ross, Howard Yoon, Marissa Newhall, Matt Mackowiak, Rachel Morris, Sarah Courteau and Amos Snead.

Not since the release of Britney Spears‘ “Heart to Heart” has a book signing boasted bare feet and banjos with such klass. Well done, Mr. Grim!