Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Life in North Korea

newyorker.com — Growing up half-Korean in Canberra, Australia, the photographer Lee Grant knew little of her mother's upbringing in South Korea. "I was raised in Australia at a time when cultural assimilation was more prevalent than ethnic pride," she told me in an e-mail.

Daily Comment: The New Yorker

A North Korea Watcher Watches "The Interview"

newyorker.com — For a North Korean watcher, seeing "The Interview" is like seeing an earnest endeavor reflected back through a freak-show mirror. But, behind the silliness and the smut, the penis and butthole jokes, the filmmakers get a lot right about North Korea. In the opening scene, an angelic schoolgirl with rouged cheeks sings, "Die, America, die.

Amazing if Luddite N. Korea hacked Sony

stripes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (nicknamed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.

“The Interview” as a Film-Industry Case Study

newyorker.com — The chain of events leading up to the release of "The Interview," the Sony Pictures movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as antagonists to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, itself reads like a plot point in the film.

If guilty, North Korea must have amazed even itself with Sony hack

latimes.com — North Korea has discovered that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, but malware may be more powerful than its nuclear deterrent. For decades, North Korea's propaganda machine (dubbed by a colleague of mine, Aidan Foster-Carter, the Great Vituperator) has churned out warnings of impending catastrophe and obliteration.

North Korea and the Kim Dynasty: Bradley K. Martin: 9780312323226: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty [Bradley K. Martin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

amazon.com — A particularly nasty strain of racist propaganda has enabled North Korea's dictatorship to maintain power, according to this fascinating cultural survey. An American-born, South Korea-based instructor of North Korean literature, Myers (A Reader's Manifesto) combines his cultural and linguistic fluency with sharp analysis to throw light on one of the world's most closed-off cultures.

After Sony - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — With hackers threatening violence at movie theatres, Sony Pictures Entertainment this week canceled the release of "The Interview," a buddy comedy about journalists who assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The news inspired an eclectic coalition of the offended. Newt Gingrich declared, "With the Sony collapse, America has lost its first cyberwar."

Did North Korea Hack Sony?

newyorker.com — If a country is technically advanced enough to build a nuclear weapon, how hard would it be for it to hack a computer network? Speaking anonymously on Wednesday, U.S. officials said that they had determined with "ninety-nine-per-cent certainty" that North Korea was responsible for last month's cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which exposed a trove of private corporate data, including e-mail exchanges.
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