Joshua Cohen was born in New Jersey in 1980. He is the author of three novels – Witz, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, and A Heaven of Others – and a collection of short fiction, Four New Messages. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. Cohen lives in New York City.
Joshua Cohen’s Four New Messages was named a Best Book of 2012 by The New Yorker
‘[I]ntelligent, lyrical, prosaic, theoretical, pragmatic, funny, serious. His best prose does everything at once.’ James Wood, New Yorker
‘[I]t’s invigorating, as reading should be. … Cohen is a cockily pyrotechnic writer; his essay is a show-off, but with something to show off about. Attention! will allow you to smile, argue, agree, refute or just go along for an engaging ride.’ Jenny Diski, Guardian.