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Casey Schwartz Presents Attention: A Love Story with Joshua Cohen


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Tuesday, 7:00 pm May 26, 2020

Casey Schwartz examines what it means to pay attention in the age of distraction and revisits what writers as different as David Foster Wallace and Simone Weil have had to say on the subject. Schwartz will be in conversation with Joshua Cohen, author of Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction.

This event is part of our On Reading series: What makes us return to stories we’ve read, sometimes again and again, and how do we make time for this life-enriching pleasure? On Reading is a passionate and motivating call to lead a well-read life.



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    Casey Schwartz

    Casey Schwartz

    Casey Schwartz is the author of In the Mind Fields. She contributes regularly to the New York Times and lives in New York City.

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    Joshua Cohen

    Joshua Cohen

    Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. His books include the novels Moving Kings, Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, the short fiction collection Four New Messages, and the nonfiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. His web-based project, PCKWCK, the world’s first live-streamed, live-written novel, involved the participation of nearly two million Internet users across the globe. Called “a major American writer” by the New York Times, and “an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today” by the New Yorker, Cohen was awarded the 2013 Matanel Prize for Jewish Writers, and, in 2017, was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. According to Harold Bloom, “Call it Sleep by Henry Roth, Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West, Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth, and [Joshua Cohen’s] Book of Numbers are the four best books by Jewish writers in America.”