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 theme for lockdown than Ottessa Moshfegh's black comedy of chemical hibernation, My Year of Rest and Relaxation? Gathering ten pyjama-clad readers based in London, Devon, Madrid and Seville, we contrasted voluntary, fictional self-isolation with its mandatory counterpart in reality. Taking our cue from the narrator's diet of takeout and junk food, our menus featured Pad See Ew and Häagen-Dazs. We sidestepped the narcotic element.