Barbara Nesvadbová, writer, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar
Written by: Anita Lišková
Art: Vladimír Valenta
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a ballet dancer. I was in love with Vlastimil Harapes.
In which country would you like to live?
In England, actually in London. But not in the village, simply in London.
What truth about yourself would you like people to know?
But people never believe the truth.
Who is your favourite fictional character?
Winnie the Pooh. But it’s not a fictional character for me any more – I have him on my ankle.
What is your favorite activity during the day?
Often I would like to sleep.
How do you get up in the morning?
Petting with Bibi (my daughter).
Where will you never return?
What gift would you like to receive?
I would like a bit of calm.
Your favourite saying?
The worst thing is a collision with an idiot.
What do you like the most about men and what do you despise?
I hate obstinacy. I like their lies, because when they tell the truth it’s often a disaster.
What do you like the most about women and what do you despise?
There is nothing about women that I hate. My everyday lifetime experiences have convinced me that women are cool. Only they shouldn’t start a destructive competition because of a doubtful male.
Which of your dreams has come true?
I have my daughter.
Do you consider yourself as a lucky person?
Regarding the fact that I have a healthy daughter, I’m very lucky.
If you were organizing a dinner to which you could invite five people from any place and any era, whom would you invite?
I would invite Simone de Beauvoir, Franćoise Sagan and Erica Jong. And Sartre as a surprise. It’s clear why – to confirm our opinions.
Do you need to love to make love or do you need to make love in order to love?
I think that women need to be at least a little bit enchanted, which means a little bit in love.
What is the best place to make love?
In bed, no doubt. It may not be the most original place, but for sure it’s the most comfortable.
Do you think it is better to say everything or not to know everything?
It’s often hard to learn to live with the truth, so it depends what truth we are talking about. The truth about illness is different from the truth about cheating.
Did you ever make any unusual bet and what were the consequences?
Yes, when I was 25 I made a bet that I could put my legs behind my head while sitting. I got a spasm and my friends had to give me a massage to get my feet back on the ground.
With the fashionable wave of musicals, what are you cooking up?
Musicals? Nothing, but at home I rehearse many little performances. When my dog sees it he runs away up to the bathroom.
Would you like to travel in space?
No, I’m even afraid to travel in a plane.
What would be the first thing you would warn an extraterrestrial?
The differences between genders.
What is your favourite drug?
Do you like happy endings?
Yes, but somehow they pass me by.