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From the Twitter feed of Kim Jong Un, @youthcaptain


Oh, carbs! Why do I love you so much? Why do you taste so nom nom? #losinglbsishardworkevenforasupremeleader

Not sure why @generalriyongho was hiding in my armoire, but he certainly gave me a jolt. Also not sure why he had that Luger. Oh well. I’ll ask him when he comes to. #goodthingIhadmyfreeweights

Some songs just hit you like they were written just for you. For me that’s “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Also “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Also “Super Freak.” #feelinglonely

Had tea with Uncle Sung today. I think he’s warming up to me. When I talked about how great it would be to kidnap hip-hop sensation Drake to help build up our music biz he was totally silent. I expected him to slap me. Progress!

Hard to decide which labor camp to visit and which one to liquidate. #secondworldproblems

I just ousted @SungKimCha as mayor of Pyongyang Military Academy.

Hey, Tweeps, check out my super fresh new tat. It’s of my dad, sipping ginseng tea underneath a mountain. But instead of tattooing a mountain, I’ve just used my . . . well see for yourself:

Hey! @morganfairchild! Please follow me so I can DM you! #haveagreatoffer

FF @govjerrybrown @mattyglesias @ericalterman Great guys, really crushing it in their respective realms. (How about a follow back, dudes? Good Twittiquette!)

That awkward moment when you want to connect with your uncle who is trying to replace your dictator father but you just can’t ever call him “Dad”

Find myself totally into dubstep. Cannot get enough. Loving the new Skrillex. Wish I knew what all of that was.

Hey Tweeps! A Twitter request: 1. What is dubstep? 2. Who is Skrillex? #northkoreaneedsspotify

A long meeting with military types. People keep asking about the new “marshal” position and who’s going to get it. Personally, more interested in @americanidol

@markzuckerberg Did you find it hard to get people to take a young leader seriously? Cuz I sure do! #youngdudesrule

I stand with President Barack Obama and his Plan to Finish the Job! Please RT! @obamaforamerica

August 13, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, NO. 15

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Steven Hayward reviews How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton.
  • Samuel R. Staley reviews Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future, by Grover G. Norquist and John R. Lott Jr.
  • Scott Winship reviews The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, by Timothy Noah.
  • Florence King reviews Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England, by Thomas Penn.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Richard Brookhiser offers Kerouacian haikus.
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .