Cars Of Leonard Cohen is a series of posts about actual automobiles owned by or associated with Leonard Cohen, metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars. All posts in this series are collected at Cars Of Leonard Cohen as they go online.
Irving Layton & Leonard Cohen Drive To Toronto
[Irving] Layton frequently brought Cohen along on reading or promotional tours [in the 1950s]. On one of their frequent car trips to Toronto, they became so engrossed in talking about poetry that they didn’t notice they were running out of gas. Fortunately, they were not far from a farmhouse, where they found help. Several years later they were again driving to Toronto and again ran out of gas. Uncannily, it was in front of the same farmhouse. They sheepishly told their story to the woman in the farmhouse who remembered them from years past. She summed up the entire episode with one word: “Poets!”
Excerpted from Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel