Alicia Oltuski

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Alicia Oltuski is the author of Precious Objects. Her work has appeared on NPR's Berlin Stories, in W magazine, The Penn Review, Peregrine, and other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she received a David Berg Foundation Fellowship, and a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband.


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Precious Objects


A Legacy of Diamonds

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

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

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. What do you regret most?

A. Not picking ‘artist’ as my profession on job day in kindergarten; I panicked and went with cowgirl.

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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being with those you love, doing what you love to do (well)

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