From Leonard Cohen’s Third Act by Brian D. Johnson (Maclean’s: Sept 21, 2016). Photo by Adam Cohen.
Someone observed that whoever marries the spirit of their generation will be a widow in the next. I never married the spirit of my generation because it wasn’t that attractive to me. And I’ve since moved further and further from any possible matrimonial commitment. As you get older, I think you get less willing to buy the latest version of reality. Mostly, I’m on the front line of my own tiny life.
Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland. Musician: July 1988. Photo by Anjani Thomas. Originally posted December 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I mean, you are on the other side of the hill and it’s no time to tarry
From Leonard Cohen at 80: ‘The other side of the hill is no time to tarry’ by Neil McCormick. The Telegraph: Sept 20, 2014
I think in the back of my mind, I always cherished some idea of an old man in a suit, smoking a cigarette, and delicately talking about his work to somebody. If you hang in there long enough, you begin to be surrounded by a certain gentleness, and also a certain invisibility. This invisibility is promising, because it will probably become deeper and deeper. And with invisibility — and I am not talking about the opposite of celebrity, I mean something like ‘The Shadow,’ who can move from one room to another unobserved — comes a beautiful calm.
From Leonard Cohen, A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott. Saturday Night: September 15, 2001.
Note: Originally posted March 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric