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Attention


Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction is a powerful and fresh work of social criticism, examining the ways we can reclaim the power of attention in an age of constant distraction.

Collecting a selection of previously published and new essays, criticism, letters and diaries, Attention covers an extraordinary array of topics: politics, literature, art, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Gustav Mahler, Aretha Franklin, Edward Snowden, the closing of the Ringling Bros. circus, Google, Thomas Pynchon, and English-language publishing in Paris.

Joshua Cohen directs his sharp gaze out upon the world, exhibiting his deep erudition and showing us how to look at a world overflowing with information without becoming daunted. In each piece, Cohen projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his: witty, powerful, funny, and distinct.

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