If the United States operated like North Korea, the person(s) responsible for the healthcare.gov fiasco would have been executed and excoriated at a White House press conference. That’s the way the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) generally approaches the topic of “death panels.”
This week’s shocking events in the DPRK, and perhaps next week’s third scheduled visit to the country by Dennis Rodman, could be among the many fertile posthumous topics this Sunday at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg (2 Havemeyer Street). Michael Malice, author of the upcoming Kim Jong-il biography Dear Reader, will be hosting a free discussion event at 7 p.m. From a report by The Brooklyn Paper‘s Colin Mixon:
“This isn’t in his [Kim Jong-il’s] voice, per se,” said Malice, who visited North Korea last year, returning with a large collection of propaganda pamphlets and books to use as source material. “His voice is very pedantic and mind-numbing.”
“But the tone of North Korean propaganda is very giddy, almost Disney-like. So, when you apply that to some of the horrific things that go on there, it takes on a very dark humor.”
There have been some superlative books about North Korea in recent years, most notably Nothing to Envy by LA Times Beijing bureau chief Barbara Demick and the Pulitzer Prize winning-novel The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. We look forward to perusing Malice’s intriguing-sounding tome.