Look, it’s pretty obvious that the media industry turmoil is the result of print companies who have spent the past 10 years fucking around rather than putting together business models that could make money on the fucking web. Now, print companies are dying in droves, and the layoffs are endless. Sure, we’re losing a lot of mags that shouldn’t have existed anyway, but some classic books, like Playgirl, are becoming casualties as well. Okay, maybe Playgirl deserved to go, but some good ones are getting nailed.
The past week has been gruelling, non-stop at day job, and I’ve been putting in nights for CPA Magazine and a few others. So, my blogging fell of a bit. I think I’m clear of the insanity for a while, though. Time to enjoy the fruits of my labors. I’m in the current issue of New York magazine, for a contribution I made to the Winter Travel edition. I added a few lines to the story on Reykjavik, Iceland. Also, I’ve been busy at TraderDaily.com. My latest piece is on hunting for art in Helsinki.
Currently, I’m working on a story for a major national. It’s exciting … and killing me that I can’t release any details yet. I’ll say something just as soon as I can.
Check out my latest piece for TraderDaily.com’s travel section. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go on vacation and stare down people who are trained to combat your way of life, Panmunjom must be on your list. Visit the truce village, and even cross into North Korea! This is a trip not to be missed.
Flying has become a merciless experience. Even in first class, you have to contend with cramped quarters and inept security guards. Well, Abercrombie & Kent has come up with a new way to fly. If you have the bucks, take advantage of their private jet excursion. The next trip coming up is to Asia, and it seems like one that should not be missed.
Okay, I follow North Korea the way most people in my neighborhood follow the NY Jets. So, I was pretty excited to see recent extensive coverage of the DPRK on Gawker, including some great campaign posters. Check out the links to interesting articles below, and some cool propaganda.
Gawker: Pyongyang: “The Alcatraz of Fun”
Washington Post: My Excellent North Korean Adventure
New Yorker: Our Man in Pyongyang
New Yorker: The Reluctant Communist
OhmyNews: The Reluctant Communist
Hey, if you were thinking of heading to the last truly communist stronghold in the world, make up your mind fast. The “Mass Games” (also called “Arirang”), a spectacle of coordinated movements and groupthink, involving more than 100,000 performers, is not going to be held in 2009. That makes 2008 the last year to catch this event … possibly until 2012.
For Americans to go to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) is pretty damned expensive, but it may be worth it if you can afford the price of admission. Check out Koryo Tours if you are interested in the 2008 Mass Games. To get a feel for other reasons to check out the DPRK, read my article in DealmakerDaily.com’s travel section.
The “good” news is that the next Arirang is likely to be held in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, who, though dead, remains the eternal president of North Korea. While that promises to be an amazing event, I’m pretty sure the 2008 Arirang is worth seeing as well.
I would go, but it’s almost impossible for journalists to get into the country. So, I’ll have to report from the sidelines.
Koryo Tours writes:
We have just been told by our partners in the DPRK that there is a chance there will be no mass games next year – possibly not even until 2012 which is the next big anniversary (Juche 100 – the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung!!!). For Americans this year’s mass games may be the last opportunity to visit the country.
Nothing has been set in stone but we wanted to give you all pre-warning. This year there are 2 different performances – ARIRANG and PROSPER THE MOTHERLAND! – the latter has never been seen before so it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Very best wishes,
The Koryo Tours Team