On the Stupidity of Entitlement

December 30, 2015 | 1

Year in Reading alumna Ottessa Moshfegh has a new story in this week’s issue of the New Yorker, titled “The Beach Boy.” Moshfegh also spoke with Deborah Treisman 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. […] 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.”

is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.

One comment:

  1. After a glance at that, I had to look at The New Yorker’s media kit. The median household income of their total audience is comfortably in the fourth quintile of household across the US. The “affluent audience” (which somehow is 1.5 times larger than the total audience–I guess this is entitlement at work) is in the fifth quintile and on its way to the top 5%. See http://www.condenast.com/brands/new-yorker/media-kit/print

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