New York Times Rhetorically Asks “Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?”

Montreal has a real case of Leonard Cohen mania. More than a year after this poet, novelist and singer-songwriter died at the age of 82, he has become something of an urban prophet here. A new generation is memorizing his lyrics. There is the museum exhibition, “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” inspired by his life and work. And Cohen-obsessed residents are making trips to Moishes, a storied steakhouse, to sample his favorite lamb chops.

In the pantheon of Montreal cultural figures, the soulful, self-effacing singer occupies exalted space. But befitting a deeply spiritual man whose art was nourished by Judaism, Catholicism and Buddhism, Cohen attracts a form of devotion here that can border on the messianic.

From Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal? by Dan Bilefsky (New York Times: Mmrch 6, 2018). The complete article is available at the link.

Note: For what it’s worth: Leonard Cohen Named 2008 Montreal’s Best Singer/Songwriter, Most Desirable Man, Best-Dressed Man, & Best Local Living Author – But Only #2 in “Closest To Sainthood”

Credit Due Department: Photo by Michael Loftus

2 Replies to “New York Times Rhetorically Asks “Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?””

  1. Sidsel Bryde

    This question being up about four months ago in one of the many Israelian newspapers.
    Long article discussed Montreal, the state of Sainthood in the Catholic dominated town, and the support Leonard Cohen gives – as a saint to the Jewish community. I post a link if I find the article again.