Los Angeles is a great city — it’s falling apart on every level. Geologically it’s falling apart, politically it’s falling apart, the physical realm is also in deep fragmentation…a very suitable landscape for my dismal expression.
From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993). Photo by Robert A. Eplett – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Note: In addition to experiencing the 1992 Los Angeles earthquake, Leonard Cohen observed the 1992 LA Riots up close and personal from his home:
I live about 8 minutes drive from South Central & the local shops were going up. My 7-11 grocery store went up, Goodman’s Music where I buy my musical supplies, Radio Shack, where I buy my electronics, they all went up. From my balcony I could see five great fires. The air was thick with cinders.1
See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at Leonard Cohen On Location
- Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 [↩]