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Morning Reads for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It’s John Pemberton’s birthday! He invented Coca-Cola! More importantly, who invented Coke Zero? That person deserves the Nobel Prize. Above, Kim Jong Il began looking at things on this day in 1994. Below, your morning reads… National: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s Controversial Emotion Experiment (Wired) The incapable soothsayers (Statistical Ideas) The Power […]

Dear Reader Almost Passes the Ideological Turing Test

(June 13, 2014 04:06 PM, by Bryan Caplan) Michael Malice's Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a hilarious mockery of North Korean totalitarianism. Instead, it's an almost pitch-perfect simulation of the autobiography Kim... (1 COMMENTS)

Supreme leader's supreme love

3 months agoArts : Prospero

IN 1987 Kim Jong Il published his manifesto on films, “The Cinema and Directing”. Kim—who ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011 and was a film fanatic famous for his love of Hollywood—declared that a director’s ultimate duty was to “aim high in creation”. Show More Summary

Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

3 months agoNews : Truthdig

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

“Ghostwriting” North Korea’s Kim Jong Il

Having worked as a ghostwriter or co-writer for people ranging from comedians to fighters, Michael Malice has come up with a creative way to reveal the mind of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Malice recently gave a brief summary of his new book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, […]

Kim Jong Il Unmasked: Michael Malice's Unauthorized Autobiography of North Korea's Supreme Leader

5 months agoNews : Reason

"Kim Jong Il Unmasked: Michael Malice's Unauthorized Autobiography of North Korea's Supreme Leader," produced by Jim Epstein. About an hour. Original release date was March 26, 2014 and original writeup is below. Kim Jong Il, who was...Show More Summary

Vid: Kim Jong Il Unmasked - Michael Malice's Unauthorized Autobiography of North Korea's Supreme Leader

5 months agoNews : Reason

Kim Jong Il, who was the supreme leader of North Korea until his death in 2011, was a leading authority on gymnastics, cinema, literature, war, cooking, and the arts. He wrote 1,400 works when he was in college, including a senior thesis that was an achievement comparable to Columbus' discovery of America. Show More Summary

Kim Jon Un vs. Kim Jong Il (Part 2)

Kim Jong Un visits Tokyo Disneyland to find the man behind the mouse.

Kim Jong Un vs. Kim Jong Il

The Adventures of Kim Jong Un reaches its epic and totally factual conclusion.

Kim Jong Un Wins Reelection Unanimously With 100% Of North Koreans Voting

5 months agoNews : Jonathan Turley

While millions are dying of starvation and North Korea remains an isolated, despised power, it appears that supreme leader Kim Jong Un still has that magic of his old man, Kim Jong Il. Kim was reelected unanimously in his first election after taking over the country after his father’s death and then killing off his […]

N Korea to free elderly Australian missionary

John Short, 75, was arrested last month for distributing Bible tracts in Pyongyang on Kim Jong Il's birthday.

Stop Laughing at North Korea

Many years ago, Clive Crook green-lit an Economist cover featuring what at the time was a rare photo of Kim Jong Il, underneath the headline, "Greetings, earthlings." It was inspired, and "people sill mention it to me unprompted as their favorite Economist cover," Crook writes at Bloomberg. But somehow it...

North Korea’s Kim Spending Big on Cars, Cognac, Pianos

Kim Jong Il loved to spend. The late North Korean dictator may have dressed in utilitarian khaki, but he splashed money on luxury goods. His one-time sushi chef — sushi chef — says the strongman loved Chinese melon, Uzbek caviar and Danish pork. Show More Summary

The North Korean Camp Problem

Early last year, I was being interviewed regarding my book on Kim Jong Il. At one point, the host referred to Kim Jong Il as a "campy" figure. "That's a very unfortunate choice of words," I told her. Her mortification was immediate and apparent, as she realized the subtext to what she was saying. Show More Summary

Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il is Now Available

7 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il is a biography of Kim Jong Il that consists of the North Korean dictator’s own words, as found in North Korean propaganda materials. The book was written by author and professional ghost writer Michael Malice. We previously posted about the project last year when Malice was [...]

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, from Reason Contributor Michael Malice

7 months agoNews : Reason

Reason contributor and celebrity memoir collaborator (Made in America with Ultimate Figher Matt Hughes and I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up with comedian D.L. Hughley, among others) was inspired by his visit to North Korea, which he wrote about for us in our Aug./Sept. Show More Summary

REPORT: Following Uncle’s Killing, Kim Jong Un’s Aunt Either Killed Herself, Or Had Heart Attack

In the latest news out of North Korea, Kim Jong Un‘s aunt (and Kim Jong Il‘s sister) Kim Kyong Hui died of either a heart attack or… READ ON

Picture China: Tibet Temple, Remembering Kim Jong Il, Erhu Player

The day's China news in pictures: pilgrims pay homage to a goddess at a temple in Tibet, people commemorate the anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il near the China-North Korea border, a man plays an erhu in Beijing, and more.

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