Joshua Cohen is making the rounds to promote his latest novel, Book of Numbers. A prolific book reviewer, Cohen is also already working on a fifth novel. At VICE, Thomas Morton decided to take a bath with Cohen to discuss the latest book. The two headed out to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn to talk books at Mermaid Spa:
While we took a mid-fruit smoke break on the banya’s smoking porch (Russians), it occurred to me that Joshua was one of the only authors I’d met who didn’t consciously write like he spoke or, as observed, speak like he wrote. Which was a relief, since his written diction is an esteem-blasting babel of 99-cent words like catholicon, eloign, and unmullioned, even when he’s not combing ancient Vedic prosody manuals to program his characters’ speech.