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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Nov 3, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I was devastated. You know, God gave me a strong inner core, so I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.
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