X Is The Leonard Cohen Of Y: #1. Sake is the Leonard Cohen of Drinks

;csaleLeonard Cohen As Metaphor: Leonard Cohen has long been a boon to music critics, reporters, PR departments, bloggers, and authors as a metaphorical vehicle, not only to connote a particular musical capacity but also to describe other professional abilities and special qualities – both human and nonhuman. Cohencentric has begun collecting these “X Is The Leonard Cohen Of Y” offerings at the The Leonard Cohen Of page.

To mark the launch of the The Leonard Cohen Of page (which went online today with the first 10 entries), Cohencentric is republishing the item, first posted March 2, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, that triggered my interest in these comparisons:

Sake is the Leonard Cohen of Drinks

For years, sake has been the Leonard Cohen of drinks: passionately adored by a small cadre of loyalists, but relegated to the category of “mysterious obscurity” among the masses.1

So, sake is the Leonard Cohen of drinks is #1 on The Leonard Cohen Of page. I also find some of the other entries on this initial set of ten especially interesting.  I am, for example,taken by the fact that at least two singers are hailed as the Leonard Cohen of Iran, Shahyar Ghanbari and Faramarz Aslani. I find it wonderful that one writer calls B.A. Johnston the Leonard Cohen of the local foodcourt, And who could resist the notion that Serge Gainsbourg is the Leonard Cohen of Sodom?

I expect the list to grow rapidly. Check it out.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Ken Kurzweil, who alerted me to the sake sales item. Photo credits: Sake photo by Marshall Astor from San Pedro, United States – Unfiltered Sake at Gyu-Kaku, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8009274. Leonard Cohen photo: Cohen press photo


  1. From In Las Vegas, a Good Story Helps Sell Expensive Sakes by Jeff Gordinier (New York Times: Feb 1, 2011) [emphasis mine] []