Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Talk About The Favourite Game In 1963 CBC TV Interview

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Playing The Favourite Game: CBC Youth Special with Paddy Springate and Stuart Smith (1963)

Leonard Cohen takes on reviewers and Canadian modesty in this 10 minute discussion of his “third novel disguised as a first novel.” He denies the accusation that the work  is autobiographical and defends the honesty of his protagonist: “My book may be lousy but it’s true.”

3 Replies to “Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Talk About The Favourite Game In 1963 CBC TV Interview”

  1. Marcia

    What a marvelous look at the young Leonard Cohen in action! What surprises me is how fast he talks with no pausing to think and frame a response. He knows exactly what he wants to say and he says it.
    As he gets older–and not very much older at that– ‘slow’ is how he takes everything–in speech and action, and certainly in song-writing.
    Again, this is delightful! Thanks much, Allan.

  2. Vicki Woodyard

    Leonard left us a complete record of his life, sensing it would be important to many people. Now we can “browse” through it, savoring each feeling it arouses in us. Gratitude, mostly. Then appreciation, a sense of being fed, of being loved.