In February 2011, when Vogue magazine published a fawning profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, I asked the story's editor whether his magazine would consider profiling the wife of North Korean then-dictator Kim Jong Il. I assumed he would answer "no," opening a conversation on what, in Vogue's view, makes Syria's ruling family fair game. Show More Summary
Sacha Baron Cohen loves to pull a good awards show prank — remember when he spilled Kim Jong Il's "ashes" all over Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar's red carpet? The comedian/actor's latest stunt was just as insensitive. While accepting the...Show More Summary
When Sacha Baron Cohen isn't throwing Kim Jong Il's fake ashes all over Ryan Seacreast on the Oscars' red carpet, he's fake killing an "elderly woman" who "worked" with Charlie Chaplin. Cohen, who won the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award...Show More Summary
[Illuminated portraits of North Korea's late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il glow amid the dark buildings of central Pyongyang before dawn yesterday. Photo by David Guttenfelder via AP] Read more...
What a tremendous loss for Jonah and his family. And to Internet history. How many dogs interviewed Kim Jong Il and Pervez Musharraf? And have a National Review Online archive?
Michael Malice is the author of the forthcoming book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, which is ”based on what is presented as fact in the DPRK.” In an article about his visit to North Korea, Malice explains why North Koreans tell outlandish tales: The laws in North Korea are oppressive, but they aren’t completely […]
TweetAs seen in the recently-renaissanced Titterloin ghetto, Golden Gate Avenue. “Law is Service?” Click to expand So what’s this, Willie Brown failed in his attempts to have SFO and Third Street and the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge named after him and this will have to do? OK fine.
If you happen to find yourself in Pyongyang on July 27, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, you’ll want to avoid the official unveiling of China’s gift marking the occasion: a life-size wax statue of the late leader Kim … Continue reading ?
One of the ugliest buildings in the world, the long-abandoned Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea finally has a glass facade, but there's no completion date in sight.
Dear Leader Mints - One of Kim Jong Il’s most famous quotes is, “One can live without candy, but one cannot live without bullets.” So, we thought to ourselves, why not mix the insanity of North Korean propaganda, bullets and candy together in one big jumble of crazy. This is what we ended up with. You can buy them here.
“Kim Jong Il wants you to have fresh breath” Inspired by a quote by the former “dear” leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, the masterminds at Archie McPhee have mixed “the insanity of North Korean propaganda, bullets and candy together in one big jumble of crazy” in their new product, Dear Leader Mints. Tins [...]
Also: Orhan Pamuk on the protests in Turkey; Adam Johnson on Kim Jong Il's sushi chef.
Most people who manage to escape North Korea are everyday folk who flee from the country, unable to shed light on the inner-most workings of Pyonyang. Meet Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese sushi chef who spent years working as Kim Jong Il's personal chef and close confidant. Author Adam Johnson has...
In 1982, a man calling himself Kenji Fujimoto flew to North Korea to teach young chefs in Pyongyang how to make sushi. He would eventually become Kim Jong Il's personal sushi chef and close confidante, staying by the Dear Leader's side for 11 years. Show More Summary
The New York Observer profiles Objectivist-libertarian celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice, focusing on his latest project: a ghostwritten memoir of late Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Mr. Malice is an avowed anarchist. He doesn’t vote, he doesn’t believe in marriage, he doesn’t believe in God. Show More Summary
Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. Well, except for the whole employer-employee, dictator-subject relationship going on. And some death threats here and there. NBD. Even in death, the former supreme ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, provides a flowing spring of gallows humor. Show More Summary
Although former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il golfed 38 under par, turns out he wasn’t so good at racing jet skis. But he didn’t mind going to the sauna. Naked. With his chef. Hmmm…. In a story appearing in GQ next week, the former...Show More Summary
North Korea is moving toward closing the Kaesong Industrial Complex in accordance with orders issued by Kim Jong Il before he died, according to new information from a Chosun Workers’ Party cadre based in Pyongyang.Kim is said to have...Show More Summary
Deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il would chow down on exotic creatures including snakes, hippos and spiders, his former personal chef has told the Sun. Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese national, first visited North Korea in 1982 and...Show More Summary