Book Dust: Because by Kayla Cohen published on 2019-01-21T05:00:34Z Book Dust is intended as both a contemplation of specific literary texts and as a celebration of what each has taught me about the practice of writing. As such, I sometimes share these ten-minute tidbits with the authors themselves. The author of Because, Joshua Mensch, kindly listened to this episode and offered wonderful words of encouragement. I’ll share one of my favourite parts of his response: “As the author, I am largely blind to my book's presence in the world and the way it reaches people's lives. Your essay offers me a rare insight into the invisible (to me) ways the book finds its way through the world and into people's hands — and for that I couldn't be more grateful.” He offered two corrections. Firstly, Joshua started his Creative Writing MFA in 2001 and graduated in 2003. At the time, he was not working towards expressing the experiences recounted in Because, but rather wanted to hone his writing skills. Secondly, Joshua disclosed the truth about Don to his father when he was 20 (not aged 26 as I claim in the podcast). Thank you, Joshua, for specifying these points. It has sensitised me to the assumptions I can sometimes jump to as a reader.