“Los Angeles is a great city – it’s falling apart on every level… a very suitable landscape for my dismal expression.” Leonard Cohen


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.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


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


  1. Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 []

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