“You just find yourself shattered without any other recourse but to address the source of things” Leonard Cohen On Writing Book Of Mercy

bookmercyWhat prompted this activity [writing Book Of Mercy]?

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You just find yourself shattered without any other recourse but to address the source of things. Everybody finds themselves at that place from time to time.quotedown2

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From Talking Out of Turn #29: Leonard Cohen (1984) by Kevin Courrier. Critics at Large: May 19, 2012. Note: The interview took place in 1984. Originally posted April 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen shares Irving Layton’s advice: “Leonard, are you sure you’re doing the wrong thing?”

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I’m reminded of the advice my old friend Irving Layton, who has passed away now but probably is the greatest Canadian poet that we’ve ever produced, and a very close friend. I would confide in him, and after I’d told him what I planned to do and what my deepest aspirations were, he’d always say to me, “Leonard, are you sure you’re doing the wrong thing?”quotedown2

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The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012. Note: Originally posted Aug 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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 His Role As “An Instrument For Certain Kinds Of Information At Certain Moments”

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I have my feelings about how to move myself into areas which are not completely bordered with pain. And I’ve tried to lay out my chart as carefully as I can. I have come through something. I don’t want to boast about it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Look…you know, the songs are inspired. I don’t pretend to be a guide. I do pretend to be an instrument for certain kinds of information at certain moments. Not all moments, and it has nothing to do with me as a guy. I may be a perfect scoundrel… As a matter of fact, I am…just like the guy on the scene. But there are moments when I am the instrument for certain kinds of information.quotedown2

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From Ladies & Gents by Jack Hafferkamp. Leonard Cohen Rolling Stone, February 4, 1971.

Leonard Cohen On The Positive Impact Of Business On Art

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There has always been a business element [to art]. It’s good. That’s why movies are the most interesting art form today. They involve the most money, and anybody that can master the form knows a lot about human life. That’s why poetry is the least interesting art form today, because you don’t have to enter the world to write it. There is no demand, so poetry is no longer a significant expression for most people.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 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric