“Thank you for saving me all that time putting on makeup in the morning.” Anjani Thomas Responds To Posting Of Her Halloween Mask

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When I first posted a Leonard Cohen Halloween mask on Oct 31, 2007, I added “and, if you order now, you will receive – at no extra charge – the Anjani mask.” Anjani responded with this comment:

Thank you for saving me all that time putting on makeup in the morning

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Celebrating The Leonard Cohen Food Files: Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Chateau La Tour 1982, Tuna Salad, Lagavulin, Silence Of The Lamb Chops, Pastrami Sandwiches, Champagne, Cheetos…

Singer-Songwriter-Poet-Icon Buys Hot Dog From Street Vendor

I’m posting this photo of Leonard procuring nourishment (from On Tour With Leonard Cohen by Sharon Robinson) as today’s festive first course from the smorgasbord that is one of my favorite Cohencentric categories: .

Leonard proffering food is intimately linked link to his fervent graciousness. As I reported in What Leonard Cohen Told Me Backstage In Chicago, food was a major feature in my first meeting with him:

In fact, the next thing I recall is Leonard (note we’re on a first name basis now) urging me to have something to eat from the crew’s buffet. This is accomplished by him taking my arm to lead me through the line of covered dishes, opening each of the 6-8 main offerings, describing the contents, and adding his recommendations.

And that led me to conclude,

Should I ever awaken in a post-apocalyptic desert with starving mobs battling over any edible morsel, my plan is to track down Leonard Cohen. If there is food to be had, he will, I am certain, find it and insist that his guest, even if the status of guest is self-appointed, dine from the bounty.

From reading many, many of Leonard’s interviews  and exchanging experiences with others who have met him, I know his urging food upon visitors, including reporters, fans, visitors… who appear for one reason or another in his presence, is his modus operandi. Brendan Bernhard, for example, claims Leonard “plied me with pâté and gorgonzola, with red wine and aquavit.” Leonard certainly knows how to lay out a spread (see Lunch At Leonard’s In LA – Leonard Cohen & Kezban Özcan Host Nosh For Duchess & DrHGuy),

I am also taken with his catholic taste. I suspect the list of music icons throughout history who favored Chateau La Tour 1982, Lagavulin single malt Scotch, and various cognacs and also enjoyed a well prepared hot dog resolves to one entry; Leonard Cohen. But, at least four Cohencentric posts before this one attest to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s frankfurter fetish.

And, it’s not just hot dogs. While in Europe, he defends the American hamburger. He is fast food friendly, familiar with Krystal burgers, has a taste for McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, and employs Wendy’s “Where’s The Beef” slogan in Closing Time (although Leonard did, at least once, misidentify the source as a Burger King campaign).

Of course, there is a full menu of Montreal-specific foods, such as bagels, smoked meat sandwiches, and Silence of the Lamb chops.

Grocer Of Despair In The Snacks Aisle

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“You came to me this morning, and you handled me like meat. You’d have to be a man to know how good that feels, how sweet” Leonard Cohen Recites A Thousand Kisses Deep – Brooklyn 2012

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep
Brooklyn: Dec 20, 2012
Video by aelkoni aka Avi Elkoni

Note: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The “Rigours Of Monastic Life” – And How To Avoid Them

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In one of these dreary Zen meditation halls, it is a Zen practice to invite you to sit motionless for long hours, with an officer patrolling the meditation hall to strike you with a stick several times on each shoulder if you nod off. If you sit there long enough, you run through all the alternative ways the events in your life could have turned out. After a while, the activity of thinking, that interior chatter, begins to subside from time to time. And what rushes in, in the same way that light rushes into a room when you switch on the light, is another kind of mood that overtakes you. Also, I read somewhere that as you get older the brain cells associated with anxiety begin to die. So, I might have saved myself the rigours of monastic life if I had just waited until it happened.quotedown2

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From I Never Discuss My Mistresses Or My Tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, October 14, 2001.

“I found I had some gift for [music] and, with these little songs I wrote, I could impress myself and others – including girls. That’s the hormonal rage that cannot be ignored.” Leonard Cohen

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I guess [my attraction to music] comes from not being able to do anything else very well. I found I had some gift for it and, with these little songs I wrote, I could impress myself and others – including girls. That’s the hormonal rage that cannot be ignoredquotedown2

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From I Never Discuss My Mistresses Or My Tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, October 14, 2001.

“I remember sitting in the corner of my kitchen, which has a window overlooking the street. I saw the sunlight that shines on the chrome fenders of the cars, and thought, ‘Gee, that’s pretty.’ I said to myself, ‘Wow, this must be like everybody feels.'” Leonard Cohen On The End Of His Depression

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There was just a certain sweetness to daily life that began asserting itself. I remember sitting in the corner of my kitchen, which has a window overlooking the street. I saw the sunlight that shines on the chrome fenders of the cars, and thought, ‘Gee, that’s pretty.’ I said to myself, ‘Wow, this must be like everybody feels.’ Life became not easier but simpler. The backdrop of self-analysis I had lived with disappeared. It’s like that joke: ‘When you’re hitting your head against a brick wall, it feels good when it stops.’quotedown2

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From I Never Discuss My Mistresses Or My Tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, October 14, 2001.

A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution