Magazine article Newsweek

The Spectacular Spektor

Magazine article Newsweek

The Spectacular Spektor

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Byline: Jesse Ellison

A glimpse into the life of the quirky singer-songwriter.

For a 32-year-old, Regina Spektor has done a lot of living. At 91/2, she emigrated from Moscow to the Bronx with her family, and she has toured all over the world, including Japan, Australia, and South America (not to mention a stop at the White House). In a rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan, the pop singer talked about her upcoming return to Russia, the problem with memory, and her geriatric sense of humor.

It's a big spring--you're finishing one tour, starting another, and you're releasing your sixth album.

It's been a little crazy. I just came back from a tour opening for Tom Petty. Then I got home, jumped right into work, played Boston yesterday, and got home at 5:30 in the morning. Tomorrow I'm playing Philadelphia. It's really good and I'm excited I get to put out a record, but sometimes I wish I could just clone myself and stay home and watch Netflix.

What's in your queue?

I love Fellini, Woody Allen. Luckily, it's over now, but for a while my life was totally taken over by The West Wing. I met Aaron Sorkin and I flipped out on him. I was like, "Oh my God, I love you." I watched all the episodes. I never knew about it when it was on the air. Now I think it's the best show that ever existed on television.

This summer you're going back to Russia for the first time in 22 years. Why has it been so long?

A combination of circumstances and opportunity. For a while, you couldn't go, and even if you could, my family didn't have the money. …

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