“In Conversation with Aliona Doletskaya” by Leigh Johnson

“In Conversation with Aliona Doletskaya” by Leigh Johnson


When I was younger I wanted
to become a cosmonaut and fly to space At some point when I was 17 I realized that I would rather go to arts and study arts, study languages,
study literature Russia is very ready for this magazine There is a new, totally new,
fresh generation of people It’s the generation which no longer has the memory of, you know living in a country
with totalitarian regime Generation which is very free
in their choices Their signature and the way they do it
is very very fresh and I think, in fact, Moscow cultural life
is booming at the moment On the cover of the first issue
is Leonardo DiCaprio and Interview, initially,
the DNA of the magazine was about people
who create this crystal ball and he’s one of them The cover was shot by Brigitte Lacombe This cover was redesigned
by Richard Phillips the American painter
who is a big supporter or shall I call him ‘adept’,
of Richard Bernstein who designed all-American covers,
who drew all-American covers German Interview launch issue
is in February and that’s– as of February,
we start going in full synchrony Basically how I want to keep it is like we’re twins
but from-different-eggs twins if you know what I mean We will never be identical
in a hundred percent way because the countries
are too different My style changed a lot First of all, all of us liked clothes In the Soviet times, we didn’t have
enough places to shop at and I learned to sew myself So I was sewing my own dresses Then I got a bit lazy
and I found a tailor and started to play
with her in my looks I always found it exciting Very very exciting It’s a strawberry jam I made in July It’s my Russian meditation exercise,
making jams, actually You know, like the syrup
has to be totally transparent like a liquid ruby And the berries don’t have to shrink,
they have to be full And we love eating it
as it is with a spoon Almost like caviar, right? If you’re lucky There are a couple of lines
that I love by Osip Mandelstam

3 thoughts on ““In Conversation with Aliona Doletskaya” by Leigh Johnson

  • Хотелось бы особо отметить уникальную фонетику – очень молодым лингвистам не понять, что эта уникальная фонетика была сформирована тогда, когда никто не учился за границей. Как можно было такую фонетику сформировать в тех условиях – совершенно непостижимо, только в лингафонных кабинетах, за тяжелыми партами, с черными бакелитовыми наушниками. Должно быть, на то ушли часы, часы, годы. Завораживает.

  • What a pleasure to hear Aliona speaking English. And she is an amazing story-teller, no matter what language she speaks.

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