Hey, We Met That Cat Before He Was In The New Yorker: That’s Jackson – And Isn’t That Leonard Cohen With Him?

The Cat Not In The Hat

In August 2014, Duchess and I spent a sunny Los Angeles afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Özcan. When I asked about a feline on the premises that had meandered into our photos (see below), Kezban explained that the cat, who had previously roamed the neighborhood, had “got himself adopted” by our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon and self-professed canine lover. Kezban later wrote:

The cat’s name is Jackson. (but I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that:)

So, when I saw the photo (shown atop this post) featured in David Remnick’s Oct 17, 2016 New Yorker profile of Leonard, Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker, I contacted Kezban, who assures us that the cat in the New Yorker shot is indeed the same (albeit somewhat huskier version of) the cat we met in 2014, diplomatically noting that “he is well taken care of.”

 

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Left to right: Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Duchess aka Penny Showalter, Kezban Özcan, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter

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Posts About The 2014 Visit:

Credit Due Department: The second photo was taken by Kezban Özcan via a selfie app. The bottom photo was taken by Penny Showalter.

 

Exclusive: Kezban Özcan’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen’s Pre-Concert Shoe Shining

IMG_0773 (Large)Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant, was taken by her boss’s habit of shining his shoes prior to a concert and began photographing him at this task. This set of photos, graciously shared with this site and its viewers,will also appear on the insert sheet of the soon to be released [at time of original post] Popular Problems album. Update: See Leonard Cohen Shines Inside Popular Problems

Originally posted Sept 5, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Three Photos: Leonard Cohen At The Rinzai Zen Community (2012)

Photos dated July 21, 2012, the date of ceremonies celebrating Kyozan Joshu Roshi’s arrival in the United States on July 21, 1962, found among the public photos at the Rinzai-ji Zen Center Facebook Page by Evelyne Bénomard.  Note that Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant, is also shown at the left of the bottom shot.

I Scream, You Scream, It’s Leonard Cohen Eating Ice Cream – With Kezban Özcan In LA 2014

Leonard Cohen!!! One of the all time greatest humans to ever exist, eats VL ice cream. #saltedcaramel #humbledbygreatness

A post shared by Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (@vanleeuwenicecream) on

 

Photo posted April 4, 2014

Caption: “Leonard Cohen!!! One of the all time greatest humans to ever exist, eats VL ice cream. #saltedcaramel…”

Comment: “They ordered “extra small scoops”

Note: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream advertises ” Ice Cream & Vegan Ice Cream made in Brooklyn with the worlds finest ingredients. New York & Los Angeles”

See other Leonard Cohen photos of this sort at

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

Calling On Leonard Cohen & Kezban: The Cat, The Cane, The Conversation

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A couple of days before this posting, the Duchess & I spent a sunny Los Angeles afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Özcan. While the conversation covered many topics, I suspect that readers may be less acutely fascinated by some issues, say, the comparison of the exercise programs favored by Leonard Cohen and the Duchess, than others.

For example, what about the …

The Cat Without The Hat

Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see photo atop this post and the shot at Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood) who roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen. Asked the name of the cat, Kezban writes,

The cat’s name is Jackson. (but I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that:)

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Left to right: Duchess, DrHGuy, & Kezban Özcan. Photo by Leonard Cohen

The Walking Stick

That rattan walking stick originally came into play because of a gout attack. At the time of our visit, Leonard didn’t appear to rely on it and its function may well have transformed from mobility aid to fashion accoutrement. And, yes, there was talk of adding a soft shoe routine to his stage act.

What’s Leonard Cohen Up To Next?

At one point, Leonard responded to a comment I made about the wonders of his doing concerts lasting more than three hours with “We’ll have to do that again.”

Being the intrepid blogger I am, I prompted “So, there’s going to be another tour?”

Without hesitation, Leonard Cohen leaned forward, flashed his grandest smile, and immediately replied in a firm, clear voice, “Maybe.”

Not satisfied with that equivocation, I pushed forward with “Is that a definite maybe?”

Leonard smiled again, answering “A tour is a definite maybe.”

I countered with “Well, you have to do something. Your retirements haven’t been very successful.”

Leonard came back with “Or maybe I’ll write a book.”

That conversational thread ended with my offer to ghostwrite his autobiography.

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post was taken by Kezban Özcan via a selfie app.

Other Posts About The 2014 Visit:

Note: Originally posted Aug 8, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric