In which Weingartner challenges Pak’s claim that his faith in the Juche idea qualifies him as an atheist. [This episode has been greatly enhanced by a discussion among Korea experts in the Koreanstudies mailing list.]
Pak Kim Li: I apologize that I had to cancel our last appointment. My life is not my own, you know.
Erich Heinz Weingartner: So I understand.
PKL: As much as I enjoy talking to you, you aren’t exactly my number one priority.
EHW: Which is a pity. But neither are you my first priority.
PKL: I’m not? That surprises me. Writing about the DPRK has become quite the cottage industry in the West as far as I can tell.
EHW: Yes, except that it pays very poorly.
PKL: You should consider the ideological satisfaction that you get in the process. Read the rest of this entry »