“Dominique Issermann was the best woman [Leonard Cohen] would ever encounter” From Matters Of Vital Interest By Eric Lerner

Leonard Cohen with Dominique Issermann
in New York City, 2014

Quotation from Matters Of Vital Interest by Eric Lerner (October 16, 2018). Photo & caption by Eric Lerner. A review of Matters Of Vital Interest by Eric Lerner can be found at The Leonard Cohen Tell All Koan.

Video: Leonard Cohen Arrives In Bratislava (2010)

A Proudly Captioned Leonard Cohen Exclusive

This video is local television coverage of Leonard Cohen and Unified Heart Touring Company arriving in Bratislava. Consequently, the only portion in English begins just after 1:10 and consists of Cohen (literally) saying “hello.”

Nonetheless, I find it a gratifying two minute delectation and another example of Leonard Cohen casually seducing an entire city into believing there is no place he would rather be.

I also like the “Leonard high-fives the camera”  look in the screenshot above.

For extra credit, World Tour aficionados can list how many troupe members they recognize in the background.

Leonard Cohen 2010 Bratislava

Video from SynertaTransportal

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this video by a Linda Sturgess. Originally posted Nov 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My discussion of the song took place within the song and my discussion with the subject or the emotion resulted in the song. Anything I have to say about it is just superfluous.” Leonard Cohen

I don’t mind that they [my songs] are discussed. It’s nice to know your songs are being discussed as long as I don’t have to discuss them. My discussion of the song took place within the song and my discussion with the subject or the emotion resulted in the song. Anything I have to say about it is just superfluous to me.quotedown2

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From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen by Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Photo of Leonard Cohen performing at his 1972 Newcastle concert by Rik Watson.

“Any of the decisions that I made, if one could actually locate a shape or form, were all within a wall, the landscape of panic.” Leonard Cohen

Anjelica Huston: Have you always had a sense of interior panic?

Always. I didn’t really know what to call it for a long time, but I have a friend in Greece who used that word panic a lot, and I found myself resisting it, until I totally accepted that as a precise description of my interior condition. It was mostly panic from one moment to the next. And nothing much else was going on. And any of the decisions that I made, if one could actually locate a shape or form, were all within a wall, the landscape of panic. quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Content originally posted May 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2010 Sydney Concert Venue Promotion


Juxtaposed with the notice that Metallica will soon be performing at Acer Arena, The Leonard Cohen marquee is a dandy addition to Signs Of Leonard Cohen. Photo taken Nov 8, 2010 by J.S. Carenza III. Originally posted Nov 9, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Sponsor Found For Leonard Cohen’s Resumption Of Smoking At Age 80

The Thing Is Said; The Thing Is Done

On April 26, 2013, 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric published Monetizing Leonard Cohen’s Resumption Of Smoking At 80 Soliloquy, a proposal that Leonard Cohen’s stage routine about making his resumption of smoking at age 80 part of his show represented a product placement opportunity with the potential for a huge payout.

At the Winnipeg concert later that same day, Leonard Cohen added a detail to his I’ll start smoking again when I’m 80 monologue when, for the first time, he named the brand of the cigarette he’ll smoke: du Maurier.

Ah, it’s gratifying to have the value of one’s idea immediately recognized and executed with such alacrity.

Originally posted Apr 29, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I love to speak with Leonard” Leonard Cohen Performs Going Home – Montreal 2012

Leonard Cohen – Going Home
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
Video by Dirk Schlimm

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

Originally posted Nov 29, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Cohencentric Closing Time: Nov 3, 2018

And it’s partner found, it’s partner lost
And it’s hell to pay when the fiddler stops
It’s closing time

Closing Time by Leonard Cohen

The final Cohencentric post will be published Nov 3, 2018. The static site will remain online for a short time but will then close altogether.

Cohencentric: What Hath DrHGuy Wrought?

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Anthem by Leonard Cohen

When I first announced The Cohencentric Farewell Tour, I explained that, after posting about Leonard Cohen for more than a decade, I had achieved my goal of creating the Internet’s most devoutly irreverent, delightfully droll, and distinctively offbeat Leonard Cohen site administered by a deeply superficial, hard-core dilettante who is also an acknowledged nonpracticing agnostic.

I now immodestly add that in the process of attaining that objective, Cohencentric has come to offer not only an impressive amount of catalogued, searchable information (e.g., the category, “Words By Leonard Cohen” alone contains more than 2000 quotations, all with citations and all tagged by topic). but also a bounty of photos, videos, original analyses, polls, and stuff that is trivial, funny, irreverent, and speculative (Photoshopped graphics, rumors about possible new albums, jokes about Leonard, animated gifs, etc.). Cohencentric has become a trusted source for journalists, artists, authors, museum exhibitors…

And, Cohencentric is well-liked. Since opening March 7, 2015, Cohencentric has accumulated over 4.8 million hits. It is, in fact, the single most popular Leonard Cohen website, according to Alexa.

Alexa.com Rankings: Oct 16, 2018

That statistic does not include viewings previously accumulated by Cohencentric’s predecessors, 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy;com. Nor does it cover viewings on Facebook or the associated YouTube channel (more than 4,400,000) or Twitter account.

Most importantly, it does not take into account the content originally published on Cohencentric but subsequently posted elsewhere, with or without attribution. Recently, for example, Radical Reads posted its “Leonard Cohen’s Reading List,” based entirely on Cohencentric’s own Leonard Cohen Reading List. Photos and text from Cohencentric routinely show up on Facebook Fan Pages and elsewhere. Below are a few of the Cohencentric-created graphics posted on social media during the past week.


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