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Kim Jong-il’s Biographer Hosting Brooklyn Event

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.”

DearReaderCoverThis 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.”

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Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Adventures About to Get a Whole Lot Weirder

Are you ready for a book about Kim Jong-un written by The Worm? How about a group of North Korean basketball athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics, thanking Dennis Rodman via a translator for helping them to a series of unlikely hardwood upsets?

There are just two of the scenarios hinted at this morning by Dennis “I’m Not a Diplomat” Rodman at a New York City press conference following his second 2013 trip to North Korea. What’s perhaps most remarkable is that the expanding efforts of Rodman mirror the kind of goofy, jokey op-eds people used to write about the potential of U.S. basketball diplomacy:

Rodman says he will go back to North Korea in December to help select local players for two January exhibition games. He hopes to have stars such as former Chicago teammate Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone play.

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North Korea Journo Says Typo Led to Six Months in Jail

Typos happen. Across the board, high and low, even when the topic or person is as familiar as Roger Ebert.

But imagine paying for such an error with much more than inclusion in a compilation of ridicule or Twitter teasing  from colleagues. This week, as part of the first phase of an historic UN inquiry into North Korea human rights abuses, a former DPRK state journalist outlined the staggering typo-price he was forced to pay:

Former agency journalist Jang Hae-sun said he was jailed for six months for misspelling dictator Kim Il Sung‘s name.

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