EPISODE 12

Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation

August 20, 2018 - In this bonus episode of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe and Emma ask Amy Brinker to sit down with Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

In this bonus episode of the Read it Forward podcast, Abbe and Emma ask Amy Brinker, host of the former podcast, Beaks and Geeks, and new co-host of the Read it Forward podcast, to sit down with Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

Having recently published her second novel (her first novel was Eileen; she has also published a novella, McGlue, and a short story collection, Homesick for Another World), the two talk about Ottessa being in conversation with Lena Dunham, the inspiration behind the book, what she chooses to read in front of an audience, and the absurd questions she gets from fans.

Approaching a short story feels more like an affair, and approaching a novel is like I'm getting married. And it also feels like a lasting relationship that lasts and develops even after the book is over. But a short story is more like a visitation—a short visitation—usually very intense, hopefully interesting. And a novel is really in-depth and has all the tribulations and rewards of a long-term relationship.
—Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh also shares the differences between writing short stories and novels, setting a book in the year 2000 (were VHS tapes still a thing?) and the book she’s reading now.

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