Leonard Cohen On The Effect Of Prozac, Paxil, Speed, & Zen On Him


Prozac seemed to put a floor on how low I could go, but it also put a ceiling on how high I could go. It kept me in a very narrow range. I tried Paxil, and it put me into a terrible funk. Finally I just cheered up on my own. From time to time, I’ll take a little speed, and it makes me feel great. But I think Zen meditation, that kind of intimacy you develop with yourself, has been most effective. I took to it naturally.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997)

Also see Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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“This confrontation [between men & women] involves some serious risks to the versions of oneself ” Leonard Cohen

We’re [men and women are] all in the same boat, we’ve entered into this quarrel, into this cage, union, and extremely ambiguous circumstance together and we’re going to sort it out together. That is why I never thought of myself as a romantic poet because I always was very clear from the beginning that this confrontation involves some serious risks to the versions of oneself … And it’s always been confrontational. Not in an aggressive sense but in an acknowledging sense that there are some profound differences and it involves serious risks and that these risks are really best acknowledged. And I think that’s the tone of most of the stuff and if the love and passion can transgress that mutual acknowledgement then you do have something that takes off, either it’s a song or a poem or the moment. But without that, you’ve got the moon-in-June school of writing–though my stuff gets close to the moon-in-June school of writing, but I think it’s that acknowledgement of the risk that rescues it every time.quotedown2


From Leonard Cohen by Barbara Gowdy (November 19, 1992 interview published in One on One: The Imprint Interviews, ed. Leanna Crouch,  Somerville House Publishing 1994).

Note: Originally posted August 2, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: It Could Have Been Sinatra’s Famous Blue Raincoat


Cohen has been covered by saints and sinners. He has been soiled by Coil (“Who By Fire”), hauled over by Nick Cave (“Avalanche”) and sanctified by Judy Collins and Buffy Saint-Marie. But Jenny sings Lenny is the first fullscale LP interpretation of Cohen. Its surprise partly lies in the fact nobody’s done it before.

“Well about a century ago Frank Sinatra talked about doing something like that,” drawls Leonard Cohen, speaking out of LA. “But it never happened. And between Frank Sinatra and Jennifer Warnes there hasn’t been a murmur.”

From Jenny Sings Lenny By Biba Kopf New Musical Express, March 14, 1987

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen: “If there is going to be change that is not superficial …”

If there is going to be change that is not superficial, that does not just reflect the dominance of one party or one man, or another man or another party, it’s going to come through self-reform.quotedown2

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From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted October 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“People ask about the imagery all the time but sometimes it’s enough to say that the imagery has its own validity” Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen answering questions from the press at a listening session for his Old Ideas album, reported in A Secular Saint by Brian Boyd. Irish Times: January 28, 2012

Note: Originally posted September 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric