Leonard Cohen On The Effect Of Depression On His Creative Work “It’s anguish. It’s a pain in the ass…”

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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.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

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 ,

McGill Grad Makes Good – Leonard Cohen: A Master Of Living In The Moment

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

“It is agreeable to see [my daughter] go back to school with her satchel of CDs including Dylan, the Grateful Dead, & myself.” Leonard Cohen 1992

From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained By Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Commendation Of John Ralston Saul On Completion Of His Term As President of PEN International (2015)

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