Tabs open on your screen right now:
Gmail, Hulu paused on “Inside Amy Schumer.”

If you had to brag about yourself:
I do it all the time, I’m told… I’m the best bragger around.

Your writer crush:
Luke Goebel.

Favorite lyric:
Currently, lyrics from a song called “Going Nowhere” written by Neil Sedaka, performed by the phenomenal Lena Zavaroni.

Any place in the world:
My armpit? No, Luke Goebel’s armpit.

Best breakfast:
Avocado toast.

Favorite online places right now:
Mubi, a wonderful streaming film site.

Sweetest thing:
Luke Goebel.

Your rituals (writing or not):
I shower or bathe at least once a day?

Least impressive thing about you:
Bad at cleaning. And I don’t dance.

Favorite space to write:
In bed!

What should we know:
That you are loved.

Guilty literary pleasure:
My own sent emails.

Best book nobody talks about:
I don’t know what books people talk about, but I can’t say enough about Amie Barrodale’s recent short story collection, “You Are Having a Good Time.”

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot.”

Last time you lied:
See previous question.

The lie:
That I could possibly identify with a fictional character. I’m a stubborn egomaniac!

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Hey, so Ottessa, are you, like, a lesbian, or something?

The answer:
What’s a lesbian?


OTTESSA MOSHFEGH received the Plimpton Prize for her stories in The Paris Review, and was granted a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her novella, McGlue, won the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. EILEEN, her first novel, won the PEN Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her collection of short-stories, HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD, was published by the Penguin Press in January 2017. She currently lives in Los Angeles.