You've paid money for this book, or you have family or friends who don't mind your borrowing or who gift books like this. You are being attentive because you're interested in what type of person this gifter thinks you are - too attentive, to them, to yourself, or too inattentive.
Joshua Cohen was born in New Jersey in 1980. He is the author of three novels - Witz, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, and A Heaven of Others -- and a collection of short fiction, Four New Messages. His writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Cohen lives in New York City.