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Photo Essay: North Korean Propaganda Posters

August 19, 2008 – 10:43 am | 226 Comments
Photo Essay: North Korean Propaganda Posters

Posters are visual illustrations of the slogans that surround the people of North Korea constantly. North Korean society is in a permanent mobilization. Party and government declarations are stripped down to single-line catchphrases. Through their endless repetition in banners, newspaper headlines, and media reports, these compact slogans become self-explanatory, simultaneously interpreting and constructing reality.

The Count of Concord by Nicholas Delbanco

August 18, 2008 – 10:07 am |
<em>The Count of Concord</em> by Nicholas Delbanco

Sir Benjamin Thompson, a.k.a. Count Rumford, is probably most familiar to modern ears as the inventor of the Rumford Fireplace. Yet that honorarium does not begin to cover the career – tinkerer, teacher, soldier, and spy – of this poster child of the Enlightenment.

Bracing For Armageddon? by William R. Clark

August 14, 2008 – 11:29 am |
<em>Bracing For Armageddon?</em> by William R. Clark

Asahara amassed hundreds of million dollars and sent agents to far-flung destinations to ferret out information and materials for use in bioweapons. In 1995, he sought to hasten the apocalypse and seize earthly power by spreading an unlikely sacrament, sarin gas, in the Tokyo subway system. This event killed twelve people outright and injured another thousand or more, many of them seriously. The group had carried out a previous gassing, a sort of practice run for the Tokyo event, in the outlying town of Matsumoto. Seven died.

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz

August 6, 2008 – 10:51 am | 9 Comments
<em>A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World</em> by Tony Horwitz

Gold, jewels – that was what the new world promised and that was what the Spanish demanded. It is the same paradox that had English settlers starving on the shore while lobsters scuttled underfoot. If it wasn’t what they had imagined, it didn’t exist.

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