Ottessa Moshfegh Is Feeling Good About Your It Girl

Ottessa Moshfegh Is Feeling Good About Your It Girl ...

When I get up to Ottessa Moshfeghs driveway, the first thing I see is the bumper sticker on the car in front of me: Honk if you are not. I resist the urge to lay on the horn.

The author herself is sitting on the terrace with white walls before making a teaser. Her property in East Pasadena, surrounded by palms and pines, serves as an attractive backdrop. It would be catnip for people who have taken to conspicuously carryingMoshfeghs novels in one hand, but it would be a surprise for those who have taken to carrying an unusual Telfar bag in the other. I do not believe that she loves books as well.

Mohfegh was hailed as a pioneer in a new genre of slacker fiction and the most famous contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive if she didn''t even realize her emotion. (Theyre out of luck, though, if they try to tag her), then she grew out of the ordinary.)

In person, Moshfegh silences the Rest and Relaxation hype. It''s a wonderful book, but I''m not sure if Lapvona will be available now via Penguin Press. I started writing the story for the first time, rather than simply focusing on myself as a socialist. This time, I didn''t think about myself until I was overly satisfied with it, and it was so refreshing all of all.

Moshfegh talks about her literary prominence, her work in the fashion industry, and the wildest thing she did during the epidemic.

In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, you said that you wrote Eileen as a way to achieve commercial success. What happened to you in the future, and how do you think about it when you first wrote something with the aim of achieving fame?

If you are not writing, then you may spend your whole life in the dark completing short stories, even if you don''t know, Edgar Allan Poe. But as you know, what I didn''t come across in that Guardian interview is that I was not an author. I had previously worked as an oral historian and would have ended up working in an office. I was determined to live the dream of becoming a writer.

I was awarded $100,000 for Eileen, and that was mind-boggling at the time. Now lets break it down: I had to pay my agent. I had to pay taxes. It wasn''t like I walked away and said, Im rich! It barely took me above the poverty line. I should have said that Christ had an educated student, and I could not find a job [in Los Angeles.] I did not know how to operate in Los Angeles.

You''ve been exploring outside the literary world for a long time, like when you walked for Maryam Nassir Zadeh during New York Fashion Week earlier this year. What you thought about being asked?

I was shocked, scared, and grateful for the opportunity. I am someone who hasn''t had a good-tuned view of my exterior. I felt that having a public event that detailed what things look like, and how it applies, would be healing. I just thought it was like the universe telling me, Okay.

Awkward your concern about smoking?

Yes, please go ahead. When youre asked to work with people in fashion and other similar industries, what do you think about them leveraging your cultural capital?

Proenza Schouler offered me to do a campaign, but it was quite like, one photo a couple years ago, and through that experience I met this woman who is now my fashion photographer. Last year my friend Jordan Wolfson asked Emma Cline and I to be in a photograph for a special issue of Vogue Italia with multiple covers. I thought this is even more important to be a physical being.

When I''m procrastinating, im always watching dismal YouTube videos about whatever garbage. I started watching a lot of footage of police interrogations. Just the raw footage, seeing these individuals who are inevitably guilty lying for hours, and then finally becoming so confused by their own lies, is just the way the detectives use all these techniques to get people to say the truth. If im not doing that, then im still watching old runway shows.

Is it true that you were one of those kids who was parked in the park during your childhood home?

No. I was always short. Since I was 11, I knew I wasn''t going to be a model. In fact, when I got on the runway at Mariams, I completely freaked out and forgot how to walk. I thought I was going to fall over in my shoes. And then I went the wrong way.

Have you ever heard or heard about the use of book styling? Apparently, celebrities are hiring book stylists to provide them books to carry in public, or to curate them in their homes. Basically, it is about the aesthetic value of literature as objects.

I mean, okay. Whatever propels your boat.

It''s like a branding thing. Do you think you are looking for yourself as a brand?

Yes, because that comes up in conversations with those who I work with. I would never worry that something that was my idea would be off-brand, because that is impossible. However, there are issues that aren''t in line with my values that I would not want to associate with. So I stay away from certain things.

What''s the same thing?

Like, I wouldn''t want to write on a television show that I didn''t like, you know? I usually take assignments that excite me, or that feel like positive opportunities that the universe is delivering. I''m really happy with what I get to do. Right now, im working on a profile for GQ, and that''s been a fantastic assignment. It''s really interesting and fun. If it''s interesting to me, you''ll think about the benefits of writing in a commercial way.

You do not have an Instagram or Twitter, but an years ago I went to a reading, and you said that you do lurk these sites through an anonymous account. Do you have any clues about these sites?

It comes in waves, where Ill place my name on Twitter to see what people are saying on a random day. And usually, there is usually one or two people who have their name in their Twitter name, so I just finish up scrolling through their tweets. I think that''s a bit self-destructive to do that, but I try not.

What''s the worst thing you''ve ever seen while lurking?

I''m not sure. I cannot think of anything. I believe that something that would harm my feelings most often is someone who says something nasty.

Yeah, that''s personal. It''s not even about your work at that point.

Yeah. I''ve never been like bleh, because I was raised to revert to insane arrogance whenever I feel threatened. Like when someone says something sh*tty about me, I usually hate them in response. And then I forget. Like, She''s a groggy moron. And then walk about grumbling or whatever, and then I forget.

What would you say is the most unhinged thing you did during the lockdown?

My God was walking my dog on a back road near my house, and a neighbor who I had never seen before came out of his house. He had headphones and a mask on, and he went on this tape, explaining how I was put off and hurting my neighbor. And I apologized, but he went on this tape, and said, he was sorry for, and I began crying.


I was still concerned about him for holding his stupid f*cking finger at me. Anyway, he said, if you were really a spiritual person, you would have been wearing a mask. When I got over it, I was pretty lost, and he was not far away until he was recovered. Im sure he thought I was mentally ill, but that was probably the most unhinged moment for me.

I feel stymie when I pray. Is there any connection between your unhinged neighbor and that quote? The following message is from a Demi Lovato song.

I think about God every day, and it wasn''t a freak accident. I met Demi Lovato on YouTube several years after she performed it at the Grammys in 2020, and she begins to cry and begins over, which is a very difficult task to do. Like, do I feel depressed when I pray because I am ignorant, and this is my true joy?

This interview has been edited and turned into a documentary.

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