I have no idea of what I can afford and what I can’t afford. Nobody seems to be able to tell me. Apparently, until you actually liquidate your estate, you can never be sure of how much money you have or don’t have. My manager always cautions on the side of frugality. Before I made any money I lived in a beautiful white house in Greece, with a charming companion. I had a suntan all the time, I swam every day, I had credit at the stores, the place was uncrowded, life was ideal. Now, at best, I stay in one and a half rooms at the Chelsea and air-conditioned hotels in other cities, and things seem to have gone down. It’s like it used to be.
From Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974.
Credit Due Department: This outstanding interview was discovered and contributed by Jugurtha Harchaoui.