“Seriousness is nether light or dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is.” Leonard Cohen

You said that rather than having a dark cast of mind you were merely realistic. Do you think reality is dark?

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I think it participates in all the shades. But I think people have an appetite for seriousness. And seriousness is nether light or dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is. I think there are certain occasions when cynicism is appropriate. One should be cautious.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From July 13, 1988 radio interview: Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW. Found in Stolen Moments: Leonard Cohen by Tom Schnabel. Acrobat Books, 1988.