Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in New Jersey. He is the book critic for Harper's Magazine and the author of several books, including Four New Messages and Attention! A (Short) History. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Forward, The Believer, the New York Observer, the London Review of Books, n+1 and elsewhere. He is a Granta Best Young American author.