Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas Intimidate Craig – 2007


Note: Originally posted Oct 13, 2007 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Back – As Seen From The Good Seats

The above photo, posted October 11, 2007, was itself interesting enough to catch my eye. The blogger, seated behind Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas, has, obviously, snapped a photo from his perspective.

In the title of his post, he identifies Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas. Below the photo, he enters only the brief, self-effacing text, “Yes, I was pretty intimidated …” followed by his signature, “Craig.”

That is a nicely done, clever blog entry.

The post, however, gains another a level of complexity when viewed in its entirety, as in the screenshot below.


Oh, That Craig

“Craig,” it turns out, is Craig Alexander Newmark, as in the Craig, as in the founder of Craigslist, the handy to the point of indispensable online amalgam of classified ads, online community, forums, and more with estimated revenues of $25 million in 2006 to possibly $150 million in 2007,1 posting in craigconnects, his personal blog.2 In another post, Craig describes Leonard Cohen as “the closest thing to a rabbi I have, a really big deal to me.”

Well, Craig might have been intimidated, but if I had been there it would have been, I assure you, a different story.

Yep, I’d be the guy intimidated by the guy intimidated by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas.


  1. Revenue estimates are from sources quoted in Wikipedia, which is also the reference for the following data: Craigslist, a throwback, in many ways, to the earliest online, Whole Earth Catalog-flavored communities such as the WELL, and Usenet, began as a list of social event around San Francisco now operates in approximately 450 cities in 50 countries and serves over five billion page views per month to ten million unique visitors. With over ten million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives over 500,000 new job listings each month. The classified advertisements range from traditional buy/sell ads and community announcements, to personal ads and even erotic services. []
  2. While Craig’s post doesn’t specify the occasion, my best guess is that it was the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass’s Book of Longing based on Leonard Cohen’s book of poems performed October 9, 2007 at Stanford. []

Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Perform Never Got To Love You & Whither Thou Goest – New York 2007


The parking lot is empty
They killed the neon sign
It’s dark from here to St. Jovite
It’s dark all down the line
They ought to hand the night
A ticket
For speeding: it’s a crime
I had so much to tell you
But now it’s closing time

Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani At Joe’s Pub, New York

Dick Straub, who shares with me a sojourn in Oklahoma, an admiration of John Irving, and a passion for the music of Leonard Cohen & Anjani ( has passed along this link to the video of the recent performance of the duets, Never Got to Love You and Whither Thou Goest, at the “Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani” concert at Joe’s Pub in New York.

Leonard Cohen & Anjani: Never Got To Love You and Whither Thou Goest
Joe’s Pub, New York: April 2007


Note: Originally posted May 8, 2007 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Halloween 2015: I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You


The Leonard Cohen-Infused Halloween Celebration

Over the years, Cohencentric’s predecessors accumulated a significant number of items associated with Leonard Cohen and Halloween (how many other sites need a Leonard Cohen Halloween category?). So, as the shopping days left until DrHGuy’s birthday dwindle down to a precious few, he traditionally offers readers a Halloween distraction to bind the anxiety generated by the anticipation of the November 1st double holiday: All Saints Day and DrHGuy’s natal celebration.1 If you’ve already purchased and wrapped your birthday gift, feel free to indulge in this year’s Cohencentric Halloween Homage to Leonard Cohen.

This post features the original iteration of the Leonard Cohen Halloween Mask, first posted Halloween 2007.

The Leonard Cohen Masked Ball

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

From Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to don a genuine, way cool, high quality, do it yourself,  Cohencentric certified Leonard Cohen mask?

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  1. One who speaks of himself or herself in the third person is, it turns out, an illeist, according to the inevitably reliable Anu Garg at words-at-wordsmith.org. DrHGuy is fascinated by this discovery and hopes you are as well. []

Leonard Cohen explains how it was that he “never met a woman until [he] was 65” (with followup by Anjani)

Everything changes as you get older. I never met a woman until I was 65. Instead, I saw all kinds of miracles in front of me … [I] always appreciated what they could do for me … [but saw them through my own] urgent needs and desires. Once that started to dissolve, I began to see the woman standing there.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

And I was the one standing there when that idea occurred to him.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas


Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois (Zoomer: Sept 6, 2006)

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Anjani After May 19, 2005 Recording Session With U2 At The Slipper Room, NYC

For more information about this episode, see U2 Teams With Leonard Cohen

Note: Originally posted June 2, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, Anjani Thomas, & The $690,000 Hot Dog


Leonard Cohen and musician Julian Coryell at Mike’s Hot Dog stand in Toronto

The Best Hot Dog In The World – Mike’s Hot Dog Stand, Toronto

This account is from I’m your dog: Forget tea and oranges by Shinan Govani (National Post):

According to a report on Anjani’s own Web site, the Hawaiian canary-goddess and her 71-year-old bardic beau are quite taken with Toronto’s street meat. In particular, the celebrity-friendly Mike’s Hot Dog stand near John and King West.

It was Anjani who discovered it first, later introducing it to Leonard. In fact — so the unbelievable story goes — it was she who had been steadily been “losing large bets” to him over a period of time, and was in the hole for $690,000. Then, earlier this year when she was in T.O. on another visit, she “decided to go for broke,” all along “waging it on a claim to know the location of the best hot dog in the world.”

Enter: Mike’s Hot Dog Stand. The Suzanne singer was so uniformly impressed with its dogs –its “slightly grilled egg-bread bun” as well as its “bevy of unique and tasty condiments” – that he conceded it all to his sweetie. And paid off her debt!

More Leonard Cohen Hotdogging

An account of a less expensive hot dog dinner is found at Music Smarts by Mr. Bonzai: Meet Leonard Cohen:

On our way to [Leonard Cohen’s] home, Mrs. Bonzai and I stopped to pick up some greasy weiners (Pink’s famous chili dogs) and a jug of chianti. Leonard greeted us at the door barefoot in a 3-piece suit, sporting a five o’clock shadow, and led us to his sunny kitchen nook where he set out fine china and silver for our haute dog cuisine.

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post by Marie Michele; found at LeonardCohenFiles.

Note: Originally posted November 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric