Hear Leonard Cohen Recite 6 Poems & Talk About The Book of Longing, Roshi, Irving Layton, Aging ….

booklonginxgIn May 2006, Shelagh Rogers interviewed Leonard Cohen about his just published collection of poetry, Book Of Longing. In addition to touching on a number of topics, including his stay at the Mt Baldy Zen monastery, Leonard reads the following poems:

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Leonard Cohen on The Book Of Longing
CBC Interview with Shelagh Rogers: May 2006

Leonard Cohen On His Relationship To The Seven Deadly Sins In 1994 & 2016

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1994: Pick Five Words That Describe Yourself1

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2016: Through the years, in both your music and your life, have you learned to get rid of the unnecessary, the vanity?2

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They seem to have gotten rid of me. No virtue on my part. Several of the seven deadly sins seem to have lost interest in this immobilized person.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

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  1. “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” Q Magazine: September 1994 []
  2. Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski. Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016 [from interview transcript] []

Leonard Cohen Advises Terence Trent D’Arby On Aging, Women, Sex, & Wagging

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I had dinner with [Leonard Cohen] and we hit it off well. He’s beautiful. The way he attracts women, man, is just incredible. There’s a very priest-like vibe about him. I said to him, As I get older I find regarding women and sex that the dog is wagging the tail now rather then the tail wagging the dog like it used to. That I now have some control over these things and it makes the situation all the more enjoyable when it happens. He said, ‘Enjoy it, my friend, because when you get to my age you can’t choose any more, just as long as something wags.’quotedown2

Terence Trent D’Arby

 

From Terence Trent D’Arby Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q Magazine, June 1993.

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Lists His Pleasures At Age 82

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Morning coffee on the balcony
of this old duplex,
the cat at my feet,
and a couple of biscuits.
Notebook near by.
No one coming over.
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Leonard Cohen

Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2015) [from interview transcript]

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“Putting your house in order…is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable” Leonard Cohen

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At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order. It’s a cliché, but it’s underestimated as an analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it, is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

“This particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity…” Leonard Cohen On Writing At Age 82

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In a certain sense, this particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity than when I had duties of making a living, being a husband, being a father. Those distractions are radically diminished at this point. The only thing that mitigates against full production is just the condition of my body.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)