Leonard Cohen Identifies Key To His Success As Writer: Getting To The Desk


I think that the content of that work at the moment of arrival at the page is exactly the strategy that allows you to get there. Because getting there is the trick, getting there is the trouble. But once you get there, once your life is organised so beautifully so that there is a table, a chair, a typewriter, that is an incredible triumph. Most people give up … My mind is not particularly fertile. My only success is the fact that I’ve been able to get to the desk. My whole life has been trying to arrange those moments when I take care of everything that is not in the room, and have the moment to arrive. And usually what I am writing about is everything I’ve had to do to get to the moment of writing at the desk.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


June 22, 2006 Leonard Cohen interview by Michael Silverblatt on KCRW Bookworm. Description of interview from KCRW website:

Leonard Cohen talks about his early years as a poet in Montreal; his novel, Beautiful Losers; his songs; and now, ten years since his last book and fifty years since his first, the vicissitudes and recoveries that led to the art, lyrics and poems in his new Book of Longing.

Listen to or download the entire interview at link.

Originally posted December 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.” Leonard Cohen On The Loss Of His $5M Retirement Fund

I was devastated. You know, God gave me a strong inner core, so I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


A ‘Devastated’ Leonard Cohen by Katherine Macklem (Maclean’s: August 17, 2005). Note: Originally posted February 1, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My reputation for solemnity is ill-gained” Leonard Cohen


From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained By Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992. Originally posted Aug 3, 2016 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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“Everything I’ve done – you know, wine, women, song, religion, meditation – were all involved in that struggle to somehow penetrate this depression that was the background of all my activities.” Leonard Cohen

leonard-cohen3-courtesy-of-leonard-cohenAlso see Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

From Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore. Simon and Schuster, Nov 11, 2008. The interview with Cohen from which this quotation is drawn took place in 2002. Photo by Anjani Thomas. Originally posted Aug 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On You Want It Darker “I’m a captive, I’ve got no other purpose or mission. This is my message, this is my last message.”

drk800Quoted by Adam Cohen in Leonard Cohen’s son Adam jokes about father while accepting Juno on his behalf by David Friend (CTV News: April 1, 2017)