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Kushanashvili speaking on himself, Saakashvli and Sakartvelo (II)2010-07-06 12:26
Otar Kushanashvili, a flamboyant showman is now a history. The man who came to GeorgiaTimes editor's office looks serious and sentimental, not impudent or sarcastic at all. The image of a savage that as he confesses was dictated by TV producers, has grown dull to TV audience and Otar himself. Kushanashvili returned to journalism, his point of departure in 1990s when he wrote scandalous articles about prostitutes.
- Why did you leave showbiz to return to journalism?
- I have grown boring to myself. There are much wittier guys that have come (saying so I'm no more a Georgian). A new generation has come. Urgant - I can't catch up with him. He is a genius. They are fresh. So I have become annoying to myself. But on the other hand I realized that if I got back to writing that wouldn't yield much. Sure, I earn more than others but the number of children justifies that (seven - author). It's not that I write better though I certainly do. October 10 is the day of my book's release and if before arriving at page 3 you won't get yourself a nytroglycerine pill raving over my book I will cut my reproductive organ off. Nonsense - a clown can write? And my return is a matter of principle. I began to get dumb. I've known no
one from showbiz who would grow smarter. No one. If I hadn't been lucky to meet Ivan Demidov or late Isenspice, I would have degraded very fast. Organizers ask not to use difficult words (no one understands them) and speak plain language. Then you just stop reading books. Your eyes get pale. Why do I need that? So I got back to writing. Overall earnings are decent on the whole. I look normal now. Writing these essays I recovered my zest for life. I do enjoy it when I write.
- For Russian press. How about Georgian press?
- Nobody wants me there. They don't like me as a person. In my student years journalists used to tell me before my expulsion at the time of Gamsakhurdia: "You won't be published here anyway. It's just the way things are». And I would really like to write. Surely I would take my written Georgian up to higher level since it's different languages - speaking to children and writing a sketch. But I would really like to. I would write an essay about Kutaisi, my native town, now a ruin - which I just can't understand. To destroy Georgia's second largest town that is even mentioned in Mimino movie or the sake of investments. In Georgian I would write "What are doing to my town!"
-But there are opposition media, aren't there?