Josh Cook

Location Somerville, MA
Occupation Bookseller, Book Reviewer, Writer

About Me

I am a bookseller, online presence manager, and magazine buyer for Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, MA, and a poetry, etc. reviewer for I also write a blog called In Order of Importance that publishes weekly columns about books, food, sports, and politics.

Why do you write?

Literature is one of the ways in which people get better at solving the problems of their world; not in the direct, this is what you do in response to this situation, but through challenging readers with different perspectives, different modes of thought, and different organizations of information. Literature is one of the forces that drives us to think in new ways.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Laurence Sterne, Poe, Whitman, Melville, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, B.S. Johnson, Cesar Vallejo, Jean Baudrilliard, Vasily Grossman. More contemporary, Mark Danielewski, Lydia Davis, James Tate, Brian Turner, Jesse Ball, Sherman Alexie...

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