“Some moments in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were as fine as anything I’ve seen by you [Rebecca De Mornay] or anyone else” Leonard Cohen

In 1993, Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter and poet who was perhaps the world’s greatest interviewee, switched roles to interview Rebecca De Mornay, the gorgeous movie actress who was, for a time, Mr. Cohen’s fiancée. The following excerpt is from From Knowing Rebecca de Mornay Like Only Leonard Cohen Can by Leonard Cohen with William Claxton. Interview magazine. June 1, 1993:

Leonard Cohen: What would you say was your finest moment on the screen?

Rebecca De Mornay: What would you say?

Leonard Cohen: I thought some moments in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were as fine as anything I’ve seen by you or anyone else, such as the moment where you beat up the bathroom with a shovel. Or was it a plunger?

Rebecca De Mornay: It was a plunger.

Leonard Cohen: I thought that was a rare moment of a woman’s anger onscreen.

Rebecca De Mornay: It’s a very difficult thing for people to accept, seeing women act out anger on the screen. We’re more accustomed to seeing men expressing rage and women crying.

Leonard Cohen Explains Why There Are Two Limos In Chelsea Hotel #2

Why are there two limos [in Chelsea Hotel #2]?

One for each of us. We’re both waiting to leave. We’re both killing time or something.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

Photos From Leonard Cohen July 9, 2013 Lucca Soundcheck + (Possibly) Explanatory Captions

Leonard Cohen smiles in anticipation of Javier Mas performing backflips to one up the Webb Sisters’ acrobatics

2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca Soundcheck Photos

Photos by Szilvia Szanto. The captions, especially those pertaining to the backflips performed by Javier Mas, are entirely my own fault.

Leonard Cohen’s keyboard practicing going by itself

Javier Mas visualizing his impending backflips

Hattie Webb responds to Sharon Robinson switching to her Thrash metal playlist while Roscoe Beck belts out karaoke version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline

Leonard Cohen hypnotizes Mitch Watkins

Charlie & Hattie (with the stylish hat) Webb, blissfully unaware that Javier will be raising the acrobatic bar.

Rafael Gayol rehearses looking casually handsome

Leonard Cohen, backup singers, and band watch enraptured as Javier Mas performs six consecutive backflips

Bedazzled by Javier Mas’s backflips, Alex Bublitchi momentarily forgets how to hold a violin

Joey Carenza gives instructions to guy carrying Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy eager to carry Leonard Cohen’s guitar

Guy taking Leonard Cohen’s guitar for a walk

Note: Originally posted July 9, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

1400 Leonard Cohen Quotations Tagged By Topic

30 “Words By Leonard Cohen” Topics + Special “Leonard Cohen On His Songs” and “Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface” Sections

Words By Leonard Cohen is a popular category of Cohencentric posts. Most ongoing readers recognize that the majority of these entries feature quotations from Leonard Cohen interviews with the source of each identified and that this classification also includes comments made onstage, song lyrics, and excerpts from his poems and novels, again with the source of each identified. As of 11 February 2018, Words By Leonard Cohen contains more than 1400 quotations.

Queries from viewers reveal, however, that some are unaware that each Words By Leonard Cohen offering contains one or more tags that indicate the topic(s) of the quotation, comment, lyric, etc. The current list of topics1 follows:

This list of topics does change on occasion. Consequently, Cohencentric now offers an always up to date Leonard Cohen Quotations By Topic Permanent Listing. A link to this listing titled “Quotations By Topic” can be found atop every Cohencentric page (see below).

Leonard Cohen On His Songs

Leonard Cohen’s comments on his songs, organized by song title, are collected at Leonard Cohen On His Songs

The Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

Leonard Cohen’s and Bob Dylan’s comments on each other and their interactions are collected at


  1. Other tags, in addition to quotation topics may be attached to Words By Leonard Cohen posts. If the comment deals with a specific song, for example, that song title is included as a tag []

“[Leonard Cohen] was in fantastic form, his voice still golden gravel” – Chicago 2009

Both the caption, “[Leonard Cohen] was in fantastic form, his voice still golden gravel,” and the outstanding photo of the Chicago Theatre marquee announcing “An Evening With Leonard Cohen” on May 5, 2009 are the work of natesmobile. Originally posted Feb 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric