Leonard Cohen on his “depression so bleak and anguished”

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My depression, so bleak and anguished, was just crucial, and I couldn’t shake it; it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was. I was ashamed of it, because it would be there even when things were good, and I would be saying to myself, ‘Really, what have you got to complain about?’ But for people who suffer from acute clinical depression, it is quite irrelevant what the circumstances of your life are.quotedown2

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From A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott, Saturday Night, Canada. September 15, 2001

A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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Leonard Cohen explains how he maintained his purity when other folk singers “went for the money”

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In the late ’60s you were in a community of folk singers who played together, sang each other’s songs – And everybody went for the money. Everybody. The thing died very, very quickly; the merchants took over. Nobody resisted. My purity is based on the fact that nobody offered me much money.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Originally posted August 10, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: How would you like to be seen? Leonard Cohen: “I would like the word stylist. I’d like to think of myself that way…”

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I would like the word stylist. I’d like to think of myself that way. You want your work to have certain qualities. To be stylish in the way that any designer of an aircraft or automobile would want their machine to move well.quotedown2

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From Hallelujah For Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Posted 22 March 2011 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted Mar 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Explains How He Became A Mac Man

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At a certain point Macintosh gave free computers to Canadian writers, including Margaret Atwood, Irving Layton, and Jack McClelland. Not only that, they were kind enough to provide tutors who actually came to my house and helped me set up and showed me how to work it. So I got interested in the Macintosh computer quite early.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Robert Enright (Border Crossings, Issue No 194, Dec. 2007). Photo by Lorca Cohen (2004). Originally posted November 17, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric