Most of the things you do – poet, songwriter, novelist, singer – which do you prefer if you were going to be introduced as something?
… It’s hard to live by a name anyhow and whatever you created gets away from you anyhow and I’d just as soon be introduced as a vegetarian
Note: Leonard Cohen was a self-professed vegetarian for a few years in the 1960s. Information about this aspect of his life can be found at Was Leonard Cohen A Vegetarian?
The featured excerpt is from a CBC interview broadcast three weeks before his first album (Songs Of Leonard Cohen, released December 27, 1967). That selection was included in Inside the music – Various Positions:Leonard Cohen in His Own Words: Broadcast Jan 30, 2012. The photograph atop this post, taken by Bill Dampier, is credited to York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC26833. Originally posted March 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric