Posted by Jeff Bentoff @jeffbomb via Twitter at the March 15, 2013 Leonard Cohen Concert. Photo is a screenshot from a 2013 Stockholm show videol.
Interviewer: I would like to read you a quotation I read in a Leonard Cohen biography. A longtime girlfriend of his said, “He really loves the women. When one is with Leonard, one recognizes in itself the true power of one’s own femininity.” What do you think of it?
Anjani: Hm, I have to think about that.
Cohen: We do not like to think about it! Do you have any simpler questions? (He gets up and goes to the fireplace.)
Anjani: I hope that every man will discover his inner strength as he grows older. (Cohen swings a large wooden log.)
Cohen: Let’s kill him! (Both laugh.)
Anjani: I’m getting older and Leonard is fortunately …
Cohen: … soon dead …
Anjani: … the beneficiary of this process. And at the same time, he always encourages me to continue my journey. (Cohen sits down again.)
From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
You are just about to release a new album, at 82, which seems, in part, to anticipate death, the dying of light. I am doing my very best to ‘just’ listen to your new songs, and not weigh them, and me, down with forensic analysis. But the question of creating, versus that of an ending, is one that preoccupies me. My father has just started writing his next book – on Mozart – at the age of 90. I am both moved and confused by that. I can’t talk to him about it because that would involve asking him about death, and confronting my own fear that the thought of it haunts him – and that this is why, in part, he has embarked on a new project. Yet he seems fine, and is researching, writing, engaged in it. People are already writing about your new record in similar ways. Does this exercise you – or amuse
You have talked about your depression lifting when you spent time in Mumbai. Is it too pat to divide your writings into depression and post-depression periods of your life? What I mean is, can you make that distinction? Or was depression a companion (now departed, or in abeyance), rather than one of the principle drivers, of the writing?
Your father is an inspiration to us all. I will follow his example and button my lip
From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. Potions of that questionnaire were incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, that’s some way to say goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23 2016); this specific question and answer was not used.
I’ve gone to parties and put your records on and some people think you’re insane, but there’s always a core who stay in the room.
I hope some girls stay in the room. You don’t want to ruin the party
Leonard Cohen, quoted in An Interview With Leonard Cohen by Rob O’Connor (Downtown, Feb 12, 1992). Article contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Aug 7, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
At this point in the show I would have a cigarette here and drink some obscure scotch like Lagavulin…
– Leonard Cohen at the Dec 5, 2012 Toronto Concert1
Leonard Cohen has been telling his 2012 concert audiences about his intent to start smoking again when he reaches 80. At the Dec 5, 2012 Toronto concert, however, he upped the ante, adding the tippling of scotch to his anticipated 2014 onstage routine.
Consequently, to keep Cohen fans au courant with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s preferences and plans, Cohencentric offers this introduction to …
Lagavulin, according to Wikipedia, “is an Islay single malt Scotch whiskey produced at Lagavulin on the island of Islay, United Kingdom. The whiskey has a powerful, peat-smoke aroma, and is described as being robustly full-bodied, well balanced, and smooth, with a slight sweetness on the palate. The standard Lagavulin single malt is 16 years old (43%), though they regularly release a 12-year-old cask strength variety, a Distiller’s edition finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, and 25- and 30-year-old varieties.”
The lowest cost found in an online search this morning [at time of original posting: Dec 7, 2012] for the standard 750 ml bottle of Lagavulin Scotch 16 Year Single Malt was $59 (without shipping costs).
It should be noted that in the past, Leonard Cohen has also indicated, in addition to a taste for scotch, a predilection for cognac2 and Chateau La Tour 1982.3 He also concocted an alcoholic potable named Red Needles, consisting of “tequila and cranberry juice and Sprite and fresh cut fruit.”4
Update: I can affirm that Leonard indeed partook of Lagavulin at least once in 2014. See Lunch At Leonard’s In LA – Leonard Cohen & Kezban Özcan Host Nosh For Duchess & DrHGuy
Note: Originally posted Dec 7, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Quoted in Point of View: Be Leonard Cohen by Samantha Swan (Ardent Pictures: Dec 6, 2012) [↩]
- I never discuss my mistresses or my tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, Sunday 14 October 2001 [↩]
- The Q Magazine Questionnaire in Q Magazine, September 1994 [↩]
- Readers who have not previously tried this cocktail are strongly advised to test a few sips before committing to its consumption in quantity [↩]