Fumi Okiji, Jazz As Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited (Stanford University Press, 2018)
Josh was recommended by a colleague–friend without any hesitation or qualification, and so I entered into the editing process confident that my book—in much need of smartening up—would benefit. I expected his attention to detail, precision, and exceptional command of language: these are qualities that I, in my limited experience, had assumed to be the most important for an editor to have. Josh offered these and so much more! He read with an ear to the music of the text. He very quickly understood my authorial voice, and through his suggestions and comments helped train it and sharpen it without ever encroaching on its integrity. His enthusiasm and care pulled me out of my apathy, reigniting my passion for the project. (And after years of working on it, the thrill had most definitely gone.) One of the best things about Josh’s approach is that alongside editing and proofing, he really reads the text. He got to know the book intimately—warts and all.
When he came to tackle the book’s index, the fruits of that level of engagement were revealed once more. Qualitatively distinct from a mere list of relevant terms, Josh’s index was able to get to the heart of the project—a compilation of the book’s most important and interesting contributions, executed with the meticulousness that he had shown throughout the editing process.
—Fumi Okiji, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst