In 1963 you wrote, after the release of your first novel The Favourite Game, “anyone with an ear will know I’ve torn apart orchestras to arrive at my straight, melodic line.” Even if you have used an orchestra for You Want It Darker, would you say the same about this record?
I am not so bold as I was in those days. Vague thoughts about my work arise and float around but they become more and more irretrievable.
From the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen.