“’The people of the book’ is the cliché. What happens to a people when books disappear?”

Joshua_Cohen_BBF_2010_ShankboneI did a pair of interviews with Joshua Cohen about his novel Book of Numbers. For Los Angeles Review of Books we talked about computer code, puns, the “enkitschment” of the Holocaust, and his novel’s often uncomfortable engagement with race. At The Rumpus, I spoke with him about his job translating product copy for porn CD-ROMs while living in Eastern Europe. For Flavorwire, I wrote a listicleBook of Numbers explained, if not through animated GIFs, at least adjacent to them.

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