My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh: A Virtual Immersive Literary Supperclub
On 1st May 2020 we hosted our first virtual literary supperclub. What more fitting subject for lockdown than Ottessa Moshfegh's darkly comic story of chemical hibernation, My Year of Rest and Relaxation? Gathering ten pyjama-clad readers based in London, Devon, Madrid and Seville, we contrasted voluntary self-isolation in fiction with its mandatory counterpart in reality. Dining off tablescapes of roses, pills and pizza boxes, we discussed Moshfegh's brilliant antiheroine over Pad See Ew and Häagen-Dazs.