The artist has no position other than the one that gets him through the day, as a coat-hanger. Yeats had that. He had a mad, metaphysical philosophy. He heard voices and took them down. He hung his coat on them. Then he took out the hanger. He hung his coat on them, but the coat stands there. That cape shines by itself. It doesn’t need the support of some cranky Lego construction.
From Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993.
DrHGuy Note: “Coat-hanger” alludes to the recurrent line from The Apparitions by Yeats:
Because there is safety in derision
I talked about an apparition,
I took no trouble to convince,
Or seem plausible to a man of sense.
Distrustful of thar popular eye
Whether it be bold or sly.
Fifteen apparitions have I seen;
The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
And, this is not the first time Lego has been referenced on this site; see A Little Leonard: Leonard Cohen Miniatures