Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen By Eric Lerner – Publication Date: Oct 16, 2018

Dominique BOILE alerts us to a forthcoming book dealing with Leonard Cohen. The following information is from the French Amazon site:

A memoir of the author’s decades-long friendship and spiritual bromance with late singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen

When Leonard Cohen passed away in late 2016, he left behind many who cared for and admired him, but perhaps few knew him better than longtime friend Eric Lerner. Lerner, a screenwriter and novelist, first met Cohen at a zen retreat where the two quickly bonded. The pair lost touch for a time but, ten years later, they picked up right where they left off and became practically inseparable. A powerful commitment to zen practices flowed through their friendship and allowed it to become ever deeper over time. Over the years the two shared a house and helped each other through the pains of divorce, the joys of raising children, and the ups and downs of the writing life. These two friends helped guide one another through life’s myriad obstacles, and now that journey will be told from a new perspective for the first time.

Well-written, funny, revealing, self-aware, and grounded, Matters of Vital Interest is a charming memoir about Lerner’s relationship with his lifelong friend. His views of Cohen are unique, warm, and often funny, and in recounting these tales he reveals a touching portrait of what a deep bond between two men can truly be. Offering further insight into Cohen’s idiosyncratic style, his dignified life, the way he was deeply informed by his spiritual practices, and his sensibility as a poet first, musician second, Lerner allows readers to understand a new facet of this fascinating man through the eyes of his closest friend, and in so doing continue his legacy as a captivating persona the likes of which we may never see again.

  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (16 octobre 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306902702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306902703

From Hachette Book Group: Translation Rights Guide Fall 2017 

Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty -Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen Legendary musician Leonard Cohen and writer Eric Lerner stuck up a friendship at a Zen retreat in their youth and met again a decade later. A powerful thread of commitment to that practice flowed through their friendship, which became deeper as the years went by. They shared a house and helped each other in long conversations and email correspondences about divorces, child raising, the ups and downs of the writing life, and, in Cohen’s case, what the long, winding road of being a musical phenomenon meant for “real life.” Lerner’s perspective on Cohen is unique, warm, and often funny. It’s also one of the best portraits of wh at a deep male bond between two highly intelligent men looks like. Both male and female readers will be moved by this rare book that really gets to the heart of how men keep the thread of friendship alive over a lifetime. Lerner and Cohen’s last visit to the Zen teacher who had moved each of them to a firm Buddhist connection happened in the year Cohen died. He still moved them, and Cohen’s attitude about illness and pain and the vicissitudes of being able to imagine life’s end was clearly in line with their long -shared Buddhist connection. •

Eric Lerner is a novelist and screenwriter. His best -known film is Bird on a Wire , starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. He has written several books on Buddhist practice.