Top 10 Poker Quotes of All Time by Phil Hellmuth (PokerTube: 01 October 2018)
“Ah you hate to see another tired man / Lay down his hand / Like he was giving up the holy game of poker” is, of course, from The Stranger Song.
When I heard your album “The Future” I felt certain that this would be your final work. It seemed to me that there was nothing much left to say. Did this occur to you, and if so, what inspired you to release another album?
In a certain way Ten New Songs is an answer to The Future.
Online Web Chat October 16, 2001.
So you did not think in terms of provocation [when writing Let Us Compare Mythologies]?
I am more interested in reconciliation than in victory – reconciliation of different parts of society. I have always been in favor of an army, even at the height of the Vietnam War. Of course there must be an army, there must be hierarchies, classes. The institutions are OK. The problem is the people in these institutions. It is difficult to establish institutions, it takes a lot of time, especially democratic institutions. The form is not the problem, the problem is the content. We can clearly see in the East that the forms established in one night by manifesto were theoretically not organic forms, that they did not work. I have always instinctively felt the beauty of the forms we had [in the West], that it was not necessary to challenge and overturn them in a formal sense. That’s why I thought these revolutions were superficial – all the revolutions, in this case those inspired by Moscow, those that the leftists praised at that time. There is always the temptation to think that you live in the worst time, that everything must be revised. My sense was that I had no insight, no opinion on that.
From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Les Inrocks: Aug 21, 1991). Via computer translation. Photos by Johann Agust Hansen
I’m reluctant to call [my work] poetry. I like your idea of footnotes, or notes or some other kind of activity, because I think there is an enterprise called poetry today and I don’t really feel part of it… I don’t have that mind that seems to be valued today. I can’t understand a lot of the stuff that’s written.
Leonard Cohen, speaking to Michael Silverblatt on KCRW Bookworm program about Book Of Longing June 22, 2006. The entire program can be heard at KCRW Bookworm – Leonard Cohen. Originally posted Dec 18, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
[Ten New Songs is] deceptively spare, like a Sade record, with an agreeable groove from beginning to end. You can lean on it, relax into it. There are doors and windows you can enter if you have the time, and I don’t think there’ll be disappointment with the furniture and appointments. It may seem to be a spare outer surface, but with investigation much filigree and ornament can be discerned. It may not be apparent, but it is there.
Leonard Cohen by Eric Rudolph (Mix: Feb 1, 2002)
I’d imagine it’s also a Catch 22, since so much of your best music seemed to spring from that sense of despair.
I can’t tell you how many letters and phone calls I’ve gotten over the years from people in mental hospitals who say, ‘You know where we are, and the fact that you’re on the outside and we’re inside gives us great hope.’ It’s tricky, because I have been in real dangerous places, and I don’t like them… Where you worry about jumping out of the window. You worry whether you’re gonna get from one moment to the other. I don’t want to spend much time there. I know my voice can speak from time to time to people who have been there. Whether I’ve helped somebody or bound them to their predicament, I don’t know. Affliction and suffering are mysterious.
Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Photo atop this post taken at the 1988 Binéfar show by Herminia Sirvent.