Joe Way sends this scan of the Cap Times print publication of Trent Miller’s graphic, which displays lines from Leonard Cohen’s Democracy and was previously posted here Nov 16, 2016
There’s one [saying] I like very much…It goes like this: ‘Why do you hate me? I never helped you.’ I like that saying because it evokes the complexity of a relationship, a friendship. Whether it’s accurate or not is really not important. It evokes the complexity that is the background of any relationship.
From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I have my feelings about how to move myself into areas which are not completely bordered with pain. And I’ve tried to lay out my chart as carefully as I can. I have come through something. I don’t want to boast about it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Look…you know, the songs are inspired. I don’t pretend to be a guide. I do pretend to be an instrument for certain kinds of information at certain moments. Not all moments, and it has nothing to do with me as a guy. I may be a perfect scoundrel… As a matter of fact, I am…just like the guy on the scene. But there are moments when I am the instrument for certain kinds of information.
From Ladies & Gents by Jack Hafferkamp. Leonard Cohen Rolling Stone, February 4, 1971.
Note: Originally posted December 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
There has always been a business element [to art]. It’s good. That’s why movies are the most interesting art form today. They involve the most money, and anybody that can master the form knows a lot about human life. That’s why poetry is the least interesting art form today, because you don’t have to enter the world to write it. There is no demand, so poetry is no longer a significant expression for most people.
From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
If you’re in the midst of a relationship, you should honour the terms of the relationship. I’ve always believed that. I’ve never been able to follow it, but I’ve always believed it… Monogamous marriage and commitment, all those ferocious ideas, are the very highest expression of a male possibility. [pauses a beat] I’m not good enough for that. It’s a great idea, though.
Note: At the time of this interview, Leonard Cohen and Rebecca De Mornay were in the fifth year of their relationship. By late 1994, when Cohen began his five year stay at the Mount Baldy Zen Center, he and De Mornay had formally ended their engagement. The author of the interview notes that “Cohen is being strangely noncommittal about their relationship” and when asked if the relationship has ended, answers “Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I certainly wouldn’t say that to you.”
From “An Interview with Leonard Cohen” by Richard Guilliatt. The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993. Note: Originally posted May 2, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric