Ottessa Moshfegh on My Year of Rest and Relaxation and New York City.

Novelist Ottessa Moshfegh on the Conflation of Politics and Art

Novelist Ottessa Moshfegh on the Conflation of Politics and Art

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
July 27 2018 10:00 AM

I Have to Ask: The Ottessa Moshfegh Edition

The author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation on the conflation of politics and entertainment with art.

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Ottessa Moshfegh.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Krystal Griffiths.

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Ottessa Moshfegh is a writer whose new novel is My Year of Rest and Relaxation. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss why she doesn’t like New York City, why writing about the female body makes people uncomfortable, and why she has had it with the politicization of art.

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Podcast production by Max Jacobs.