“Doctor, I have this problem. It’s called aging. Can you do something about it? If not, I am going to die.” Leonard Cohen, On Being Introduced To A Physician

Leonard had a dark sense of humor. When I introduced him to a young Canadian doctor friend, he said, ‘Doctor, I have this problem. It’s called aging. Can you do something about it? If not, I am going to die.’

What I Learned from My Wise Uncle Leonard Cohen by Jonathan Greenberg (Sonoma Independent: November 14, 2016). Thanks go to Cohencentric viewer, Uli, who, accompanied by her Swiss sidekick, attended the Leonard Cohen Colmar Concert where she shot the stellar photo atop this post.

“Bob Dylan, that commie” Leonard Cohen’s Joke Gets Him Disinvited From 1992 Dylan Tribute

Why were you not part of the concert in homage to Dylan [the 1992 Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden]?

I think I was invited, but I made a joke. Don Ienner, who’s the president of Columbia, mentioned this concert to me and I made a joke. He said that there would be a Dylan tribute. I said, ‘Bob Dylan, that commie. He singlehandedly destroyed society.’ I said, ‘My daughter wrote on the edge of her book: ‘Your sons and your daughters are beyond your control.’ Thanks a lot, Bob.’ And I don’t know if they thought I was serious or not. Then, I was never asked again.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Excerpt from The Future by Alberto Manzano. El Europeo: Spring 1993.

Leonard Cohen’s “Brilliant” Response When Asked Why He Was So Attractive To Younger Women

“How come Mr. Cohen, I had to ask, you’re so attractive to younger women?”

This interview with Leonard Cohen was carried out in spring 1992, a time when the record companies still flew in current album artists for assembly line sessions with the media… It was one of my very first assignments for Aftonbladet.

He was at that time with the adorable, 25 years younger actress Rebecca De Mornay, and an energetic entertainment director… thought that would be much more interesting than the Songs Of Love & Hate I had planned to talk about – “You have to ask how such an old man could get young girls,” he ordered…

I was so new so I dared not contradict him, but I felt uneasy about confronting  Leonard Cohen with such an embarrassing affront.

So I saved it for last, when there a musical interlude… I stammered in shaky, nervous English a slightly cleaned up version of the question about his appeal to young women.

Seconds later, a very loving legend provided my career’s most brilliant interview response:

[Leonard Cohen grinning broadly:] Well, I guess it’s my big dick.


From a Spring 1992 interview, quoted in Leonards svar är bäst – av alla by Per Bjurman (Nöjesbladet: Feb 21, 2012) via Google Translate. Photo of Leonard Cohen & Rebecca De Mornay taken in Berlin by Gerrit Terstiege.

On the other hand,

If only my genitals didn’t float
When I relaxed in the bath
And we both looked down and we both agreed
It’s stupid to be a man

From The Good Fight by Leonard Cohen, published in Stranger Music (1993)

More About Leonard’s Genital Self-assessment:

“I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That`s what sitting on your ass does to your face.” Leonard Cohen (2001)


State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Photo by Gabriel JonesOriginally posted February 27, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen warns about risk of questioner’s “habitual drift toward the trivial”

I am twenty-eight; I work and attend college. I have been single for three years and love women but have developed a strong attraction for Italian men only. I have repeated dreams about them. What should I do?

J.G. (Los Angeles, CA)

This habitual drift toward the trivial will continue to make you suffer.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From The Determinator, Questions Posed by Fans (Details: July, 1993). Originally posted June 9, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Photo by Dominique Issermann.