“We’re living in a butcher shop.” Leonard Cohen

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We’re living in a butcher shop. The fact that we die is the only comfort in the whole thing. The anxiety comes from some kind of acute illusion of busyness. There are so many things to do that you’re not doing, so many thoughts to think that you’re not thinking, so many women to make love with that you’re not loving.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Obscured…A Haunting by Spector by Stephen Holden. Rolling Stone: January 26, 1978. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331 Originally posted Jan 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It became clear to me that I had no position and that nobody else did either.” Leonard Cohen

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I couldn’t enter into the orthodox Jewish stream, the Hassidic dance – I tried, but it wasn’t really my own. I couldn’t really become a fighter in the Spanish Civil War, since it was over. I didn’t have the right accent or speak the kind of English my professors spoke. There was plenty of cafe culture in Montreal, but I wasn’t welcome there. It was mainly French and I spoke English. You had more prestige if you came from the wrong side of the tracks and I come from the right side. So I was always trying to find a cafe that was mine, a language and style that was mine, always looking for a homeland and a position – until it became clear to me that I had no position and that nobody else did either. They’d been swept away. quotedown2

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From Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 Originally posted Jan 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“We are all embraced by the truth continually and sometimes we know it and sometimes we don’t.” Leonard Cohen

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in the First Person. Interviewer: Moses Znaimer. CBC, 1988. Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted March 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. 

“There’s so little that you can do about [death]… We’ve got to live our lives as if they’re not going to end immediately. So we have to live under those – some people might call them illusions.” Leonard Cohen (2009)


Are you fearful of death?

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Everyone has to have a certain amount of anxiety about the conditions of one’s death. The actual circumstances, the pain involved, the affect on your heirs. But there’s so little that you can do about it. It’s best to relegate those concerns to the appropriate compartments of the mind and not let them inform all your activities. We’ve got to live our lives as if they’re not going to end immediately. So we have to live under those – some people might call them illusions.quotedown2

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From ‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia‘ by Jian Ghomeshi. The Guardian: July 9, 2009. Originally posted Apr 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Psychotherapy, Drugs, Religion, Wine, Women, & Song


 
Interviewer: I asked him at the Mayflower if he’d ever tried psychotherapy …

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No. But I try everything else… It was an opinion of mine, based on no research or evidence-well, evidence, yes, because I saw my friends in therapy did not look improved. I preferred to use drugs. I preferred the conventional distractions of wine, women and song. And religion. But it’s all the same. [Interviewer: When you say ‘drugs,’ do you mean something like Prozac, or the recreational kind?] Well, the recreational, the obsessional and the pharmaceutical. I’ve tried them all. I would be enthusiastically promoting any one of them if any one of those worked. [Interviewer: Well, what about the wine and women?] They’re the worst of all. quotedown2

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A summary of information about Leonard Cohen’s depression can be found at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution. Also see Leonard Cohen’s Psychotherapy Session.

From Look Who’s Back at 67: Gentle Leonard Cohen by Frank DiGiacomo. New York Observer: Oct 15, 2001. Originally posted Apr 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on His Treatment of Women in The Favourite Game


 
What about the argument that [Leonard Cohen] fails women [in The Favourite Game] by denying them their human personalities, setting them up as only goddesses?

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I can’t see things that way either. I don’t think anybody has failed anybody else. It’s only when you walk around with a programme or a fixed ideology or a strategy that you really encounter failure in this respect.quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)