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Josh and Judy's Speed Read

Judy Batalion, Josh Cohen

02/03/2008 11:45 am
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Looking for adventure, romance, political satire? Worried about what’s left on the shelf? We helped participants find a book they will treasure for years to come. Participants brought along their favourite underrated book and enthused about it for 1 minute – speed reading rather than speed dating. Guided by the hosts Josh Cohen and Judy Batalion, a whole world of literature was discovered in the space of an hour, and there was a chance to win a mystery literary prize.

Judy Batalion


Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between and most recently The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the ForwardVogue and many other publications. Judy has a BA in the history of science from Harvard, and a PhD in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and has worked as a museum curator and university lecturer. Born in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish, she now lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Josh Cohen


Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include Not Working, How to Read Freud and The Private Life. He lives in London.