Conversation #1

In which the author, Erich Weingartner, is compelled by his fictional North Korean colleague, Pak Kim Li, to review the parameters of the interviews he intends to conduct. (First published in CanKor Report #300, 31 December 2007.)

Erich Heinz Weingartner (EHW): Mr. Pak Kim Li, on behalf of CanKor, I would like to thank you for agreeing to this series of interviews.

Pak Kim Li (PKL): I assure you that it is quite unnecessary and somewhat premature to thank me.

EHW:  On the contrary! If these interviews proceed according to our agreement, it will be not only well worthwhile to thank you; it could lead to a spectacular breakthrough in understanding between North Korea and the Western world. (Not to mention lucrative writing contracts and advance royalties for me!)

PKL:  I’m not sure what agreement you are referring to. Read the rest of this entry »

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