North Korea, Truncated

The derivative twitches fail-switch is off and merely glancing analysis be offered in the cold blue glow of synthetic Explorers, but a batch of Tweets is nontheless gathered like a clutch of crabs on the cold shores of a Kangwon coast, clacking towards the boiling water of consumption, all perhaps sufficient to take the edge off of whatever non-World Food Program-related hunger causes you to arrive here.

If a pair be always more significant, then a doubling shall do, turning KCNA dispatches (themselves already reflective of so many directives since the son saw his name engraved in a mountain and began expecting such extensive jotting of notes) upon themselves as a mirror, turning too quick but necessary to the third generation, all preparations truncated:

Kim Jong Il’s drive through northeast China and the Russian Far East becomes an epic hunt for peace and resources, while assurances are given that the harvest in Jilin, that natal state for revolutionaries, will not, can not, fail this year.

Or you could skip all that and just read what is probably the new (and perhaps most extensive ever) report on human rights in North Korea, which entails data, of course, about that state of unfulfilled needs and its fascinatingly sketchy northern border region.


    1. I like that book quite a lot; Charles Armstrong says it is in need of some editing and of course I agree, but the sheer number of interviews and materials such as smuggled tape recorded interviews with Kim Jong Il are really worth it. But after several years there are still crannies of the text I still have yet to find, I think!

      That ABC story is quite a lot to handle…very 007.

  1. 50 interviews apparently. And they were’nt controlled by the South Korean version of the CIA….which has gone thru a few acronym changes since its inception. I met one of their senior operatives in Chunchon and he was no fool.

    I disagree about the need for editing { but I don’t have to routinely prepare lectures}. The meandering 800 pages allowed for nuance.
    Best KT

    1. That’s a good point, KT, about meandering texts. Some folks read books like they eat McDonalds and occasionally one has to peruse for a few hours before finding the right pathway through a given episodic text.

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