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Joshua Cohen Might Kick Your Ass

"Might" being the operative word.  Considering the writer is probably too busy figuring out how to get people to read his 800 page book, Witz, which is about the last Jew on earth, and simultaneously trying to bed Jonathan Safran … Read More

By / April 14, 2010

"Might" being the operative word.  Considering the writer is probably too busy figuring out how to get people to read his 800 page book, Witz, which is about the last Jew on earth, and simultaneously trying to bed Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, your ass is safe:

"How am I gonna convince people to read an 800-page book?" Especially one so drenched in death. "Dark comedy" seems an inadequate way to describe Witz. For all its gags, it was conceived with a singular aesthetic mission: to put an end to the novel of Jewish kitsch, Holocausts with happy endings. "The targets might be Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Shalom Auslander," Mr. Cohen told me. "When I started this book, I wanted to sleep with their wives. By the time I finished, I wanted to sleep with their mothers." (Via NY Observer