Rachel Morris
Executive Editor

‘Contagion’ Isn’t Just a Thriller. It’s a Defense of Big Government.
September 19, 2011

There is a scene in Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s global mega-pandemic thriller, in which the scalp of a dead patient—played by one of the film’s biggest stars—is sliced open during an autopsy. A flap of marbled flesh flops limply over her forehead; in the screening I attended, this was definitely the moment that elicited the most grossed-out gasps. It wasn’t the most jarring part of the movie, however. What I found way more shocking was the notion of a film in which the good guy is played by … the government. Our times are awash in the swill of anti-government paranoia.

The Great Coat Check Riot of 1997, And Other Stories
September 09, 2011

For an editor, the night before a magazine goes to press involves periods of manic activity interspersed with long lulls of waiting for stuff to happen. When I first came to TNR, I used to spend the downtime reading through the magazine’s archives. There are all kinds of treasures to be found in there, but invariably the articles that caused me to emit peals of indecorous laughter while alone at my desk (possibly prompting my new coworkers to wonder whether I was mentally sound), were written by Jonathan Chait.

From A.Q. Khan to … DSK?
May 27, 2011

One of the most striking changes to Newsweek in recent months has been the influx of celebrity authors. The current issue alone contains contributions from Gordon Brown, Cindy McCain, Betty White, and A.Q.

‘Newsweek’ or Trashy Romance Novel?
May 05, 2011

When it came to the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Tina Brown, the editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, truly flooded the zone. In the week of the wedding, the two publications featured an account from Brown herself of the big day; an interactive feature detailing Kate’s trajectory from commoner to princess; assessments of Kate’s dress, her sister Pippa’s dress, the hats, and the possibility that Prince Harry and Pippa might hook up; and a piece from a sex researcher analyzing what Kate and William’s balcony kiss revealed about their love life.

TNR and Women Editors
February 15, 2011

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About Those Kiwis...
June 21, 2010

I have to take issue with Zach's assessment last week that the World Cup has been "crap" so far. Sure, only 67 goals have been scored in 32 games. But two of them were scored by New Zealand. I happen to be a Kiwi myself, and so it's possible that this means more to me than it does to any of you. To be honest, like most New Zealanders, I don't normally pay any attention to soccer. Rugby is the national religion—it dominates the culture in a way that reminds me, as one of the country's twelve non-fans, of those droning vuvuzelas.