Barbara Demick Lecture

Here is a lecture Barbara Demick gave at BYU’s Kennedy Center. Just a note: there’s some buzzing in the PA system at the lecture site. It is not your computer.

Escaping North Korea and Everyday Life

Here are some TED Talks given by escaped North Korean defectors as well as a very well done documentary which aired on PBS and footage from a French documentary team who got film of everyday life in the DPRK.

North Korea: Country Profiles

For those of  you who are frequent international travelers you may already know about the CIA World Factbook. So instead of just posting how that United States officially profiles North Korea (or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), I will supply profiles from various countries to how they characterize the DPRK. Some are more detailed in their descriptions of rules for visitors than others.

U.S. – CIA World Factbook North Korea

State Department on North Korea

U.K. – Gov.UK Travel Abroad North Korea

Canada – Travel.cg.ca – Korea, North (DPRK)

Sweden – Official DPRK Embassy Statement

 

India – India – DPRK Relations

Australia: Democratic Republic of Korea

Egypt: A Brief History of Relations between Egypt and the DPRK

Brazil: Message from the DPRK Ambassador

 

 

 

Photos of North Korea

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While unsanctioned photographs are forbidden by the North Korean government, there are a few photographers willing to risk their lives.

Michael Huniewicz is one of those photographers. Here is part one of his journey in North Korea and here is part two. Part one is his entry into the country from China and part two is his time around Pyongyang.

Another is Elliott from the blog Earth NutShell. The one-named photog has traveled all over and has great pictures of the North Korean country side, Pyongyang, the DMZ and even a North Korean golf course.

The last I’ll feature is from Eric Laffourge who’s very pretty website showcases pictures he took of North Korean people and some of the surrounding sites.

Barbara Demick Interview

Per usual here is a link to an interview with the author about the book:

Barbara Demick Interview

April Book: Nothing to Envy

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The book for April is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. The discussion will be April 24th in the usual time and place. Reminder: I will not be leading this discussion, Nancy who is head of Reference will be.

If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk on the library’s 1st floor.

Acorn Theory

Something brought up by Haven Kimmel in her interview was James Hillman and Acorn Theory. To give us a better understanding of what that entails, here are a few articles about it.

Scott London’s interview with James Hillman.

An LA Times review of The Soul’s Code

New York Times review of The Soul’s Code

James Ladd on Acorn Theory

Memoir

One of the things that I want to discuss for this book is the concept of a memoir. Here are some articles that look at how the memoir has been seen over time and how the memoir is viewed now. I am going to print out some of these articles and discuss some passages with the group.

New York Times: The Problem With Memoirs  printed 1/28/2011

History Hoydens: The Trouble With Memoirs 1/27/2009

HTML Giant: Get Me Up Close to the Lives of Others 1/31/2011

The Rumpus: Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me  1/24/2011

SheWrites: Part II, The Problem With Memoirs 1/12/2017

Slate: A Brief History of Memoir Bashing 3/30/2007

 

Mooreland Free Fair

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To get a taste of the Mooreland Free Fair, check out this link for information on the history of the fair which includes pictures of past newspaper advertisements.

Then check out what the fair looks like now through this link, as well as look at the Twitter feed and Facebook account.

Take A Stroll Through Mooreland

Using Google Maps, we can take a virtual tour of Mooreland! Follow this link.

If you do not know how to use Google’s street view, here are some directions.

  1. Look in the bottom right corner for the yellow person icon, it looks like this: g
  2. Click and hold on the person icon. Drag the yellow guy to any of the streets that have now turned blue g2
  3. Let go and the camera will zoom in so it feels like you’re walking around town!
  4. Use the mouse to walk around town. Click and hold to move the camera in any direction. You can also click on the arrow on the street to ‘walk’ anywhere around town! g3
  5. To leave street mode click on the zoom out box (-) in the bottom right corner

And that’s it. Have fun! On the bottom are photographs submitted either by Google or other people you can click on and explore as well.

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