Is most of your writing, in fact, autobiographical? Is that fair?
Yes, that’s fair. That’s fair. But, you know, autobiographical takes in a lot. You know, it also includes the imagination. You know, your imagination also has a history. It also, you know, is born, grows old, suffers decay and old age, and dies. You know, so the imagination is part of the whole autobiography.
From Songwriter Leonard Cohen Discusses Fame, Poetry and Getting Older by Jeffrey Brown. PBS: Broadcast June 28, 2006. Note: I’ve edited out the phrase “you know” used as a discourse marker in the headline quotation. Originally posted July 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric