Leonard Cohen Describes His Culinary & Musical Tastes


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I can only make simple dishes. I have two grown children and they had to get something to eat, so I learned to cook. But I don’t really care for it, in contrast to Anjani, who has a well-trained palate. Also, musically, I have a very, very simple taste.quotedown2

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From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo Photoshopped by me to illustrate What Leonard Cohen Taught Chef Nancy Hinton About Food. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either” Leonard Cohen


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I must have looked extremely absurd because I wrote all my poems to ladies thinking that was the way to approach them. Anyway,  for some reason or other, I put them all together in a book and I was suddenly taken seriously as a poet, when all I was really was a kind of stud – not a very successful one either, because the successful ones don’t have to write poems to make girls.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968

Leonard Cohen On Recouping His Pilfered Funds: “I did the only thing I know how to do, which is sing songs and wash dishes. Well, there’s no money in dishes.”

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Quotation from Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

Leonard Cohen on the characterization of his musical performances “I don’t care what people call me”

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I don’t care what people call me, whether you call it folksinging or some people call it a priestly function or some people see it as a revolutionary activity or acidheads see it as psychedelic revolution or poets see it as the popularization of poetry.quotedown2

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After the Wipe-Out, A Renewal by Sandra Diwa, published in The Ubyssey (the student newspaper of the University of British Columbia), February 3, 1967. Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01709;   Originally posted June 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“What suits me is a more modest style than generally could be discovered in a first class hotel where so much is based on the good graces of the people around you being purchased” Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen’s room at the Chelsea Hotel

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Someone said ‘If riches assist thee acquire riches, if poverty assist thee seek poverty.’ There are many styles of life, I don’t think one is better than another, it’s just that what suits me is a more modest style than generally could be discovered in a first class hotel where so much is based on the good graces of the people around you being purchased.quotedown2

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From “Complexities And Mr. Cohen” by Billy Walker (Sounds, March 4, 1972). Found at LeonardCohenFiles.  Photo of Leonard Cohen’s room by Mel Joss. Originally posted at Dec 10, 2014 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“I never try to say very interesting things to my friends. I think that’s one of the privileges of friendship.” Leonard Cohen

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From Exquisite, Unembarrassed and Undestroyed, Leonard Cohen at 71 by Greg Burk (LA Weekly, June 28 2006). Originally posted December 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric