You said that rather than having a dark cast of mind you were merely realistic. Do you think reality is dark?
I think it participates in all the shades. But I think people have an appetite for seriousness. And seriousness is nether light or dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is. I think there are certain occasions when cynicism is appropriate. One should be cautious.
From July 13, 1988 radio interview: Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW. Found in Stolen Moments: Leonard Cohen by Tom Schnabel. Acrobat Books, 1988.