• Reading Tocqueville in Korea (Part Two)

    "On my arrival in the United States, it was the religious atmosphere which first struck me," Alexis de Tocqueville writes in "Democracy in America."

    Reading Tocqueville in Korea (Part One)

    "Culture is not necessarily our destiny," wrote the high-profile Korean activist and later president of South Korea Kim Dae-jung in 1994. "Democracy is."

    The Making of a Korean Monster: Kim Sagwa’s Bloody High-School Novel Mina

    Colin Marshall on Kim Sagwa's novel "Mina (미나)," newly out in English translation by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton.

    High School Student, New Bride, Working Girl: The Social Uniforms Project Gazes Straight at Modern Korean Femininity

    Colin Marshall considers gender performance and androgyny, and the Korean Instagram account The Social Uniforms Project.

    Revisiting 301, 302, Park Chul-soo’s Stylish Film About Food, Sex, and Other Horrors

    Colin Marshall considers the grotesque sensory of experience of Park Chul-soo's film "301, 302."

    Stuffed Animals, Dust Masks, Pet Food, and Sex Toys, All Side-By-Side in Korea’s “New Shopping Paradigm”

    Colin Marshall on Pierrot Shopping, Korea's "new shopping paradigm."

    An Existentialist Seoul Bookstore Owner’s Message to His Countrymen: Goof Off for Once

    No matter how much of an effort I make to explore Seoul, every so often something reminds me how much …

    Philosophy, Dystopia, Fountain Pens, and Other Preoccupations of a Twentysomething Korean Book Vlogging Star

    Colin Marshall on the YouTube book vlogging channel Winter Bookstore.

    A Python Goes to Pyongyang (and Well Beyond): Michael Palin in North Korea

    Colin Marshall reflects on "Michael Palin in North Korea."

    The Colors of Pyongyang, Seoul’s Shadow Self

    Much of South Korea had some or all of last week off work, owing to the chuseok fall harvest festival. …