Joshua Cohen in conversation with Leo Robson

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Host: Copeland Book Market
Location: Bold Tendencies, Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
Speaker: Joshua Cohen, Leo Robson

In Attention! a (short) history Joshua Cohen takes on the concept of 'attention' by way of a long-form essay, charting its evolution from ancient Sumer to the computer era via Augustine, the Enlightenment, the history of writing, psychometrics, wave-particle theory, Buddhism, 'neuroacademia', fiction, automata and computer notifications. Written on 'psychostimulants both legal and illegal', Attention! culminates in an experiment where he tries to replicate the effects of amphetamines on a computer, while on speed himself. '[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). Leo Robson, chief fiction reviewer at the New Statesman, will join him in conversation. 

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.

'[I]ntelligent, lyrical, prosaic, theoretical, pragmatic, funny, serious. His best prose does everything at once.' James Wood, New Yorker

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