Description: Rising star Joshua Cohen's first collection of essays, a fully realized work created from a selection of previously published and new nonfiction - essays, memoir, criticism, letters, diaries - covering an extraordinary array of topics: politics, literature, art, music, travel, the media, and psychology, on subjects ranging from Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, animals in literature, Gustav Mahler, Aretha Franklin, Edward Snowden, Gordon Lish, the closing of the Ringling Bros. circus, Google, Thomas Pynchon, and Azerbaijan. In thirty essays and forty short 'interludes', Cohen directs his sharp gaze out upon the world, exhibiting his deep erudition and ability to draw connections between seemingly unlike things, showing us how to look at a world overflowing with information without becoming daunted. In each piece, Cohen projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his, and a voice as witty, powerful, funny, and distinct as any in American letters.
Review: `Cohen, one of our crucial young novelists, has written the nonfiction novel of our moment, formed of a constellation of investigations and inklings. No one's done such a thing so well since George Trow or Joan Didion or Norman Mailer, if ever. It's chasteningly brilliant, and the kind of chastening we unfortunately need.' - Jonathan Lethem, author of DISSIDENT GARDENS
Author Biography: Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. He has written novels (BOOK OF NUMBERS, MOVING KINGS), short fiction (FOUR NEW MESSAGES), and non-fiction for the NEW YORK TIMES, HARPER'S, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, n+1, and others. In 2017 he was named one of GRANTA's Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City.