Tropical Islands of Privilege

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Over at the New YorkerOttessa Moshfegh has a new short story, “The Beach Boy.” Moshfegh also sat down with Deborah Treisman to talk further about her writing:

Isn’t it hilarious when people are blind to their own arrogance? For some, no amount of American liberal-arts education, charitable contributions, or hours spent listening to NPR will ever wake them up to their own privileged, bigoted, and classist attitudes. I’m being tongue-in-cheek in my answer to your tongue-in-cheek question, because, of course, education isn’t the cure for élitism. One might say that New Yorkers like the folks in “The Beach Boy” are especially susceptible to the kind of stupidity I love to write about—the stupidity of entitlement. John and Marcia do, after all, live in the bubble at the center of the universe.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →