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Associated Press’ Tim Sullivan has a rare talent for coming up with unexpected ways of illuminating life in Pyongyang. In his latest dispatch, Sullivan looks at the enduring — and seemingly inexplicable — popularity of Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind,” which was published in North Korea in the mid-1990s. Why on earth would a Civil War saga resonate with North Koreans? Sullivan: “In it they found a tortured love story, or a parable of bourgeois decline. Many found heroes. They lost themselves in the story of a nation divided by war, its defeated cities reduced to smolder and ruins, its humbled aristocrats reduced to starvation.” As with Sullivan’s other pieces on North Korea, it’s a must-read.