Somehow things are given and they are given powerfully. You’re stuck with them. Your own nature is one of those things. You don’t wake up in the morning and choose the sort of guy you’re gonna be. Maybe you can in a really superficial way. Like in Rhinehart’s Dice Man. I loved that book very much, as a wonderful escapist idea. I think you’re kind of stuck with who you are and that’s what you’re dealing with. That’s the hand that you’ve been dealt. To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion…but nothing more.”
From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).
Leonard Cohen Reading List
The book referenced by Leonard Cohen, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart, is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.
- Title: The Dice Man
- Author: George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 1971)
- ISBN-10: 0688014577
- ISBN-13: 978-0688014575
Note: Originally posted Jan 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric