N. Korea Wants Visitation Rights

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Terry Teachout, in a paranoid editorial published by the Water Sports Wall Street Journal Online, advises against the NY Phil’s proposed performance in North Korea. He basically doesn’t want the Philharmonic to dance like monkeys in front of Kim Jong Il, especially considering that most of the N. Korean population is barred from even entering the capital city Pyongyang, where the concert is to be held.

Gregg Sandow provides counter commentary on his Arts Journal blog.

You know, C.C. is kind of like, a little diplomacy could go a long way. And the arts shouldn’t really be tossed around like kids caught in the middle of a nasty divorce. If the kids want to go over to mommy’s, we say let ’em. Just make sure we get ’em back.

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