» If you want to write about North Korea, it’s not hard to find pictures of the monuments and colossal boulevards of Pyongyang, the capital city, because these are the images sanctioned and disseminated by the government, and all that any visitor allowed into North Korea is allowed to see of it. But if you are interested in the rest of the country — at least if you are a writer who wants to put characters on the ground there — the obvious problem becomes: How to render what these characters see? How to describe the topography of the landscape? In essence, how to breach the misanthropy of a country just for getting its street names right? Enter Google Earth. Enter Google Maps.
Fiona Maazel, in the New York Times Book Review; interesting, especially because her North Korea was one of the things I liked least about the novel, and that now I like more after this piece.
April 12, 2013, 11:00am Comments