A little visit to Namsan

A little visit to Namsan

Namsan, meaning “south mountain,” sits opposite Seoul’s Bukhansan on the north side of the city. These days, it’s popular with hikers, bicyclists, tourists and cozy couples who attach locks on a series of fences—to show the strength and...

Back to the DMZ

Back to the DMZ

A surprising number of South Koreans have never been to the Demilitarized Zone. Of those I have asked, the usual explanations are “I am not interested in going there” and “It’s too scary.” Neither, in my view, is convincing. How could any person...

The 2017 Badkiller party

Last night, I attended the end-of-year party hosted by my friend Yoon Yong. It was at the Bierhof, a second-floor restaurant just across the street from where I work. Mr. Yoon, who was born in 1939, is head of an NGO called Badkiller. The...

Innocent, and emphatically so

A couple of miles south of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas—at 700 East Live Oak Street, to be precise—is Stacy Pool. I have fond memories of this spring-fed neighborhood pool which is open year-round and charges no admission. Between October...