Alicia Oltuski

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Alicia Oltuski received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in writing from Columbia University, where she was awarded a David Berg Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Berlin Stories, in The Faster Times, The Bulletin in Philadelphia, and other publications. She has taught at the University of the Arts and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.

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A Legacy of Diamonds

Author Alicia Oltuski takes a look at the unique world of diamond dealing.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I don’t have one, perhaps because I grew up speaking two languages. Idioms and proverbs don’t tend to translate well. It was years before I learned that one doesn’t steal a parade, but rather rains on it.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Manna.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. This changes almost daily, and I listen to a lot of music. At the moment, though: Sunny Road (Emiliana Torrini), La Legierezza (Franz Liszt), Everyday (Rogue Wave), Better (Regina Spektor), 99 Luftballons (Nena), rotating songs by The Pixies

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I was recently told I have aristocratic ankles, but I’m not quite sure I know what that means.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anyone about whom a good movie has been made or a good book has been written (presuming I’ve seen or read it)

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