From Poet’s Words Make Music by Hugh Hebert (St. Petersburg Times: September 22, 1970). Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau / Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174
From Leonard Cohen Interview & Performance Of The Law On Midi Public – Radio Télévision Suisse 1985. Thanks to Francis Mus, who alerted me to this quotation.
I don’t feel it [the depression] was necessarily the engine of the activity. It’s anguish. It’s a pain in the ass. On the contrary, I find my capacity to concentrate enhanced without that background of horror.
The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland, GQ: Nov 2001.
A summary of information about Leonard Cohen’s depression can be found at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution. All posts about Leonard’s depression are collected at Depression & Leonard Cohen,
A Master Of Living In The Moment by Bernard Perusse (McGill News, Spring-Summer 2012): The tone of this article is telegraphed unambiguously on the cover – “Why We Love Leonard.” Still, it’s a fun read and there are tidbits to savor, such as this photo of the University’s 1954 Debating Union Society, the Vice President of which is one Leonard Cohen.
And, one happily discovers that even graduates of institutions other than McGill, such as, say, Missouri Southern College, can access the full article at A Master Of Living In The Moment by Bernard Perusse
Note: Originally posted June 30, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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John Ralston Saul, a Canadian novelist, was the President of PEN International, until October 2015. Photo by Tavis from Canada – John Ralston Saul keynote speech at the 2006 Parkland Conference, CC bY 2.0, via Wikipedia