Media

Interview with Oxford Writers House:

“For me, the stories that feel most true are those that don’t sensationalize their subjects, but observe them with an almost dispassionate attention to detail, the way a good documentary does. Devastating facts don’t really require amplification.” Read the full interview

Review by Barbara Berman in The Rumpus:

“[Because] is a memoir in flawless verse, and a masterpiece … Elie Wiesel once said that there are no answers, that the questions are the answers. Joshua Mensch has produced a small but monumental classic with questions that will help become part of an answer. Let his audience be immense, from people who have no experience with exploitation, to guilty bystanders and institutional enablers in schools, camps, churches and elsewhere, to victims still trying to recover from what they were forced to endure. Because is a triumph. Let it be a bestseller for years to come. Let it be part of the permanent literary canon.” Read the full review

Review by John Domini in The Brooklyn Rail:

“Among the many shocks and felicities in Joshua Mensch’s Because, one of the best is his way with a semi-colon. The punctuation provides the text’s closest thing to a break, amid its onrushing recollections of sexual abuse and psychological bruising, right through the middle-school years at the hands of a devious family friend who was finally, flamboyantly busted. A coming-of-age plus comeuppance, the story has a natural momentum, yet is enhanced by a unique presentation, as things unfold via two-and three-page bursts of what has to be termed poetry—all of it, first to last, devoid of a full stop.” Read the full review

Review by Ray Olson in Booklist:

“For his first book, Mensch chooses a very hard subject from his own life. … An almost unimaginably harrowing memoir in poems. … Mature teens may be enthralled as well as appalled by Mensch’s ordeal when middle school was the worst his peers had to cope with.” Read the full review

Interview on AM North West from ABC affiliate KATU TV in Portland, OR:

Interview on Afternoon Live from ABC affiliate KATU TV in Portland, OR: