“Jesus! Shit! What the fuck’s happening?” Leonard Cohen, Commenting On His Computer File Crashing

Note: These words are not, as far as can be determined, from any of the 80 verses of Hallelujah

Quote from Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe? by Adrian Deevoy/ Q Magazine: 1991. Found at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo found in Prophet Of The Heart by Dorman & Rawlins, Omnibus Press: 1990

Leonard Cohen Explains How He Became A Mac Man


At a certain point Macintosh gave free computers to Canadian writers, including Margaret Atwood, Irving Layton, and Jack McClelland. Not only that, they were kind enough to provide tutors who actually came to my house and helped me set up and showed me how to work it. So I got interested in the Macintosh computer quite early.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen by Robert Enright (Border Crossings, Issue No 194, Dec. 2007). Photo by Lorca Cohen (2004). Originally posted November 17, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Bob Dylan Congratulates PEN Lyrics Award Winners Chuck Berry “Shakespeare Of Rock And Roll” & Leonard Cohen “Kafka Of The Blues”

To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your PEN award, that’s what too much monkey business will get ya . . . Say hello to Mr. Leonard, Kafka of the blues, and Lord Byron Keith [Richards] if he shows up. In all seriousness, Chuck, congratulations on this prestigious honor. You have indeed written the book with a capital B, and congratulations to Leonard, who’s still writing it

Bob Dylan writing on the occasion of the 26 February 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony

Note: “Too Much Monkey business” refers to Berry’s song of the same name.

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

\Note: Originally posted Feb 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Rob Hallett & Leonard Cohen Plot Over An iPad At Dinner” April 18, 2012

hallettt-cohen-campcohen-scaled1000Photo and caption posted April 18, 2012 at Greetings From Camp Cohen by J.S. Carenza III.

Curious about what it was on that iPad that so captured the attention of Messrs Hallett1 and Cohen last night, I fired up the High Resolution Reflectometric Image-Capture Enhancer I picked up on eBay when the Durham NC CSI lab upgraded.  Check out the right lens of Leonard Cohen’s sunglasses in the blow-up below.

blowup3-scaled1000Yep, it’s the mirror image of the graphic (seen in the photo below) that illustrates the DrHGuy series, Cohen-Bieber Compared.


Note: Originally posted April 19, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Rob Hallett is President Of International Touring at AEG Live and a key factor in persuading Leonard Cohen to begin the series of tours that opened in 2008. Update: Hallett has since left AEG to head up his own music business Robomagic. []

Photo: Shades of Leonard Cohen Working On His Mac

lorca-computerSporting nifty sunglasses with graduated amber shading, Leonard Cohen, a long-time Mac adherent, works at his computer equipped with what looks to me like a Wacom drawing tablet. His work space also sports a mouse pad and a keyboard pad that presage the carpets covering the stage at  some Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts, such as the March 2, 2013 show at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. (Also see Leonard Cohen On The Carpet – In Concert)

Leonard Cohen - Screen captures from video by Wayne Weber taken at the March 2, 2013 concert in Oakland, California at the Paramount Theater

Leonard Cohen – Oakland, 2013 (Screen capture from video by Wayne Weber)

Credit Due Department: This altogether delightful photo was taken by Lorca Cohen.

Write A Funny Caption For This Photo, Win A Print Of It Autographed By Leonard Cohen


The Cohencentric Photo Caption Contest

The above photo of Leonard Cohen taken July 11, 2015 by Kezban Özcan proved spectacularly popular when posted on this and other sites almost a month ago. A second wave of interest developed consequent to the Aug 1, 2015 publication of my inner dialog-enhanced version of the shot (displayed below).


That ostensibly humorous graphic led Esther Park to observe that “This could become a huge thing – like ‘Texts from Hilary.” and another reader, Nicole, to propose an alternative caption (displayed below).


Despite retaking the “Which musical artist do you most resemble” quiz twice, Leonard Cohen’s result remains “Madonna”

So now, with an assist from Kezban, we are proud to announce the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Photo Caption Contest.

Come up with a caption for this photo that makes me giggle like a schoolgirl, and I’ll post it at Cohencentric.com to earn worldwide admiration and acclaim, trigger waves of cosmic joyfulness, and inspire Leonard Cohen’s next album.

And there’s more: The best entry will receive a print of the original photo signed by Leonard Cohen.

The contest rules can be found at Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Photo Caption Contest: Rules

See samples of caption entries at