How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988). Originally posted November 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
“Oh my, it breaks your heart!” Bev
It wasn’t the photo so much that caught my eye but Leonard’s note book, especially these words,”who will read me in later years, will all my songs be lost”……Oh my, it breaks your heart!
- A legend dies: U of T’s Fisher Library is home to nearly 100 boxes of Leonard Cohen’s letters, manuscripts by Veronica Zaretski (U of T News: November 11, 2016) [↩]
My interest in women wasn’t unique, we all shared it. We were starved. The atmosphere was pretty repressive. It wasn’t like today; you didn’t sleep with your girlfriend. It wasn’t an ideology, I didn’t feel rebellious, I just wanted to embrace someone. We felt very alone, you wanted to embrace someone in the dark. We weren’t more starved than the others, we were all desperate. How can it be otherwise? I am totally normal. We’re all crazy about girls. But at 15 everything was in my imagination, our experience was limited. A kiss in the back of a car. I think my vices developed later, slowly (laughs)…
Leonard Cohen, quoted in Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Note: Originally posted August 1, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Cohen once said, “In any crisis in Israel I would be there.” Is that still true?
Well, a saying I now have is ‘I can’t stand idly by my brother’s blood.’ It’s not political as such but my feelings about this whole thing, if anybody really has the time or interest in what I think about the thing, is there in Book Of Mercy. And it’s in prayer… ‘Israel, and you who call yourself Israel, and every nation chosen to be a nation, none of these lands is yours, all of you are thieves of holiness, all of you are at war with mercy… has Mercy made you wise? Will Ishmael declare, we are in debt forever? Therefore the lands belong to none of you, the borders do not hold. The law will never serve the lawless…’
And yet, irrespective of how timeless one hopes prayer or poetry can be, that book was published in 1984. Has Cohen’s perspective been in any way altered by what is happening in Israel today?
I feel the same. These are brothers. This is Ishmael and Israel. This is a quarrel between brothers, these are two peoples who have legitimate right to the same piece of land. That has to be reconciled, in a much more imaginative way that either is approaching it today
From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)
From Have You Heard The One About Lenny In The Sandwich Bar? by Andrew Tyler. Disc: September 2, 1972. Originally posted Oct 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric