Perhaps because Cohen has steadily built a reputation, rather than bursting onto the scene, the launch was a casual affair. More a gathering of friends—Cohen seemed to know almost everyone present personally—than the overstuffed bash one would expect for the author of a book feted just last week in the New York Times by Dwight Garner.
Quirky illustrator Christoph Niemann presents his new book and talks about New York's power to inspire
“That’s still the most fascinating thing for me about being in New York,” Christoph Niemann, whose new book, Abstract City, is out this week, said. “[It’s] that you have this shared life, such a set of shared experiences, that I think it’s a vast kind of treasure of material. So after that, I completely forgot about this idea of trying to do ‘special’ things, and said, ‘I’m just going to do things I’m obsessed with, and the chances are pretty high that other people are obsessed with it, too.’”