The information and the invitation to make oneself strong and cheerful is not as easily available as it once was because we don’t have the kind of spiritual cheerleaders that we’ve had in the past. They’ve fallen into disrepute: the church, the university, the army. The institutions are not able to present their cheerleaders in the way they used to, so we have to rely on maverick spirits here and there to present a picture of health.
Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993.