“I thought that Naked Lunch [by William Burroughs] was hilarious… When I find something that makes me laugh I think it’s good.” Leonard Cohen Reading List

Do you know anything about William Burroughs? Have you ever read any of his work?

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I’ve read a lot of his stuff. I thought that Naked Lunch was hilarious. It isn’t in my nature to examine consciously the wide implications of a piece of writing. I don’t look at these things in a sociological context, nor even in a literary context. You know, when I find something that makes me laugh I think it’s good.quotedown2

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An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969.

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

This is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

“The only thing that differs in those writers [Celine, Burroughs, Gunter Grass, Sartre] and myself is that I hold out the idea of ecstasy as the solution.” Leonard Cohen 1967

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The only thing that differs in those writers [Celine, Burroughs, Selbe, Gunter Grass, and Sartre] and myself is that I hold out the idea of ecstasy as the solution. If only people get high, they can face the evil part. If a man feels in his heart it’s only going to be a mundane confrontation with feelings, and he has to recite to himself Norman Vincent Peale slogans, ‘Be better, be good,’ he hasn’t had a taste of that madness. He’s never soared, he’s never let go of the silver thread and he doesn’t know what it feels to be like a god. For him, all the stories about holiness and the temple of the body are meaningless.quotedown2

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From After the Wipe-Out, A Renewal” by Sandra Diwa, published in The Ubyssey (the student newspaper of the University of British Columbia), February 3, 1967. The photo is from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01708. Originally posted August 3, 2016 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Cohen Chorus Line Perform Save The Last Dance For Me – Paris 2012

This wonderful photo of the big finish with chorus line to Save The Last Dance For Me at the final 2012 Paris show was taken by Ute Egle.

Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Paris : Sept 30, 2012
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Originally posted Oct 3, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Brian Fogh’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen – And The Guy Who Carries Leonard’s Guitar

Brian Fogh writes:

The one with Cohen streetwalking is from a concert in Odense in Denmark where I met him earlier the same day. When he left his bus he arrived in he stood and waited on the sidewalk so people could go on … he didn’t wanted anyone to stop for him. Such a gentleman.

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“This is a painting that Suzanne [Elrod] did… That’s me playing guitar and being comforted by her. It’s the consolamentum, the kiss of peace.” Leonard Cohen

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From the Armelle Brusq documentary, Leonard Cohen, Spring 96, A Portrait.

More about the consolamentum can be found at Video – The Consolamentum of Leonard Cohen: An Introduction by David Peloquin

The 2013 “Everybody Knows” Video Pro-Am: Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin DVD Video Vs Audience Recordings

Everybody Knows from Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin DVD (Dec 2, 2014) provides an opportunity to compare the professionally shot and edited video of this performance produced for the official concert DVD with the recordings of the same song at other 2013 tour venues made by amateur videographers in the audience. It’s worth keeping in mind that the latter group operates under rather rigorous conditions: shooting from a single location determined by ones luck and cash on hand (a seat inevitably located just behind the winner of the Tallest Leonard Cohen Fan In Existence and next to the Cohenites Singalong Ensemble), and filming while eluding the concert hall’s camera police.

While each of the audience videos are flawed in some manner and I am clearly at risk for observer error, I would argue that these imperfect offerings are indeed how the light gets in. But, hey, judge for yourself.

The Professional Video

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
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The Audience Videos

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by schnugsy

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Bercy: June 18, 2013
Video by Aurélie F

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by 30gallina72

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by Wirebirds

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Vienna: July 27, 2013
Video by glauxath

Note: Originally posted November 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric