Leonard Cohen “There has always been a religious side to my work. Most of my songs have confused God and woman.”

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There has always been a religious side to my work. Most of my songs have confused God and woman. In Dance Me To The End Of Love, I’m not trying to make it literal; I’m trying to make it sing.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). Note: Originally posted Sep 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The Complexity Of Relationships

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There’s one [saying] I like very much…It goes like this: ‘Why do you hate me? I never helped you.’ I like that saying because it evokes the complexity of a relationship, a friendship. Whether it’s accurate or not is really not important. It evokes the complexity that is the background of any relationship.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Monogamous Marriage And Commitment – “A Great Idea”

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If you’re in the midst of a relationship, you should honour the terms of the relationship. I’ve always believed that. I’ve never been able to follow it, but I’ve always believed it… Monogamous marriage and commitment, all those ferocious ideas, are the very highest expression of a male possibility. [pauses a beat] I’m not good enough for that. It’s a great idea, though.quotedown2

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Note: At the time of this interview, Leonard Cohen and Rebecca De Mornay were in the fifth year of their relationship. By late 1994, when Cohen began his five year stay at the Mount Baldy Zen Center, he and De Mornay had formally ended their engagement. The author of the interview notes that “Cohen is being strangely noncommittal about their relationship” and when asked if the relationship has ended, answers “Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I certainly wouldn’t say that to you.”

From “An Interview with Leonard Cohen”  by Richard Guilliatt. The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993. Note: Originally posted May 2, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on “The relationship between the sexes is, finally, what makes us feel either good or bad about ourselves”

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The relationship between the sexes is, finally, what makes us feel either good or bad about ourselves. Sure, it’s not written anywhere that we have to feel good about ourselves but let’s try to get that straightened out. Or at least, at most maybe, try to get a little better than it is. Or has been.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)

“[Love] is like the taste of honey…or chocolate when you need something sweet…And every cell of your body says ‘Thank you.'” Leonard Cohen

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It [love] is like the taste of honey when you’re very young – or chocolate when you need something sweet. … And every cell of your body says ‘thank you.’ That’s what it’s like.quotedown2

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From Armelle Brusq’s Spring 1996 Documentary focused on Cohen’s retreat to the Mt Baldy Zen Center.

Note: Originally posted January 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Reading List: “Intercourse” By Andrea Dworkin

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Interviewer: Andrea Dworkin said that many men try to reassert old positions of power through the sex-act.

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Well whether that’s true or not, the whole range of arguments in that book is quite radical and complex and beautiful. It’s the first book [Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin] I’ve read by an author, masculine or feminine, that has a defiance of the situation, which is deeply subversive in the holy sense – it’s other-worldly. She says that this world is stained by human misconception, that men and women have wrong ideas – even if they are ten million years old and come from the mouth of god, they are still wrong! The position in that book is so defiant and passionate that she creates another reality and just might be able to manifest it. It’s from that kind of appetite, with the way things are that new worlds arise, so I have deep admiration for Andrea Dworkin.quotedown2

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

Leonard Cohen Reading List

The book referenced by Leonard Cohen, Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin, is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

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Author Andrea Dworkin
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Free Press
Publication date 1987
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
Pages 257
ISBN 0-684-83239-9
OCLC 37625851

For more Leonard Cohen comments on Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin, see Leonard Cohen Abed With Baggage – Milan 1989

Credit Due Department: Photo by Guido Harari.