“I hope that the final effect is one of invigoration rather than suffocation” Leonard Cohen on You Want It Darker – Released Two Years Ago: Oct 21, 2016

Quotation from original questionnaire sent to Leonard Cohen by Alain de Repentigny (La Presse: Oct 19, 2016) and forwarded to me by Leonard.

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“A guy who gets hit by a car didn’t think that the whole automotive industry and the innovation of the West isn’t worth a piece of shit. Once you get hit by a car, however, you definitely have reservations about technology. To dissolve the individual point of view, things are as they always were.” Leonard Cohen

Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993.

“Sometimes I can’t stand the sound of my voice. It went through periods.” Leonard Cohen On His Voice

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Sometimes I can’t stand the sound of my voice. It went through periods. The first and second records it sounded right. Then I stopped being able to find the right voice for the songs. The songs were good and the intention was good but the voice wasn’t really up to it. I lost it for a while. When I did Various Positions (1985) it was coming back and when I got to I’m Your Man (1988) I was in full stridequotedown2

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Adrian Deevoy, Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe?, The Q Magazine 1991. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo by Ted McDonnell.

Lines From Leonard Cohen’s Anthem Open Alice Hoffman’s “Faithful”

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Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
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From Anthem
By Leonard Cohen

Alice Hoffman, a profoundly talented writer whose novels include “Practical Magic,” “The Dovekeepers” and “The Marriage of Opposites,” admires Leonard Cohen’s work. In addition to opening her latest novel, “Faithful,” with a stanza from Anthem, she’s on record as supporting Cohen for the Nobel Prize for literature:

If anyone else is going to win the Nobel Prize for literature, it should be Leonard Cohen. He’s such a great poet and such a beautiful writer. 1

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  1. Author Alice Hoffman find faith in latest novel by Marylynne Pitz *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Oct 31, 2016) []

“As far as I can see this is my last tour” Leonard Cohen 1972

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As far as I can see this is my last tour. But the will is frail and I may fall back and it might take 10 more tours to finally quit, or this might be it.quotedown2

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From Famous Last Words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman. Maclean’s: June 1972. Originally posted Jun 25, 2012 at DrHGuy.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

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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?

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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

“I remember reading a book by Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge or something, and thinking ‘This whole vision is taken from Beautiful Losers.'” Leonard Cohen

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Sometimes I see people’s work and think that they may have had their genesis in something I’ve done. Sometimes I read a novel that … of course you can get very paranoiac about that also, and think so-and-so’s copied my entire style. I remember reading a book by Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge or something, and thinking ‘This whole vision is taken from Beautiful Losers.’ But I don’t know, that might be quite mad. He might never have even seen the book.quotedown2

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From Romance at the Broncoburger by Rob Mackie (New Musical Express: April 5, 1975). Photo by SusmartOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link