“I saw a bunch of cows in a field. And I noticed how beautiful they were that I got down on my knees to worship them. And, do you know, those cows were so happy. The more I worshipped them the happier they became. And to make a metaphor out of it, it’s exactly the same with ladies.” Leonard Cohen 1968

From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Is isolation (and the consequent risk of loneliness) an inevitable part of being an artist? Might that be a necessary part of the process? Leonard Cohen: “Loneliness goes with the territory, not just for the artist.”

From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. Some of that questionnaire was 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.

“You become more foolish and more wise at the same time as you get older, more careful and more careless. It all just deepens—but I don’t think anyone masters the heart. It continues to cook like a shish kebab in everyone’s breast, bubbling and cooking and sizzling.” Leonard Cohen

So, speaking of romantic love, now that he’s 67 years old, is Cohen still in the line of fire of Cupid’s arrow?

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It seems to be somewhat abated at the moment, but I don’t think one ever gets a handle on this matter; I think one is vulnerable at any moment to those emotions. One becomes more circumspect as one gets older about everything—I mean, you become more foolish and more wise at the same time as you get older, more careful and more careless. It all just deepens—but I don’t think anyone masters the heart. It continues to cook like a shish kebab in everyone’s breast, bubbling and cooking and sizzling.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Songs Of Love, Not Hate by Sylvie Simmons. Yahoo! Music: Oct 8, 2001. Originally posted November 26, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Thank god for hashish, cognac, and neurotic women who pay their debts with flesh.” Leonard Cohen, Writing To Jack McClelland (1961)

“Thank god for hashish, cognac, and neurotic women who pay their debts with flesh,” he [Leonard Cohen] wrote McClelland, adding that the products of the island [Hydra] are “sponges, movies, nervous breakdowns, and divorces.” He wrote Layton that he had seen corpses in the sea and witnessed “assassins’ drugs.” Layton was uncharacteristically indifferent: “I gather the Greek wines are too strong for him,” he commented to a friend. Meanwhile, Cohen was still seeking extra funds, this time from an advance on royalties of The Spice-Box of Earth, encouraging McClelland to “dig deep to keep Cohen out of the Clothing Business.”

From Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira Nadel

“[Women] are powerful creatures & when one enters into intimate relations with a powerful creature you have to take it gently, you learn what prudence is.” Leonard Cohen

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I’m reluctant to talk about women in a wide sense, but I think I that in my life I quickly recognised the power of women. They are powerful creatures and when one enters into intimate relations with a powerful creature you have to take it gently, you learn what prudence is.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Interview With Leonard Cohen. France-Inter: October 6, 1997.Transcription of the radio program Synergie With Jean-Luc Esse And Leonard Cohen. Translated from French by Nick Halliwell, UK. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles.

Originally posted November 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Learning From Love Lost

Would you agree that one of the great catch-22s of love is that you must lose it in order to know its value?

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That certainly seems to be one of the scenarios. We continually wrestle with these items. You lose your love, then find that thing you discarded is the thing you want, so you attach yourself to it in an addictive way, which pretty well precludes your ever getting it back. But we have to live with these defeated scenarios in order to repair ourselves. I think you do learn by experience, and that if the pain is sufficiently acute, you will avoid returning there.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Eight Hours To Harry, Kristine McKenna (KCRW: Oct 1988).

“It was terrific” Leonard Cohen On Casual Sex In The 1960s

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It [casual sex in the sixties] was terrific. The best kind. We had these appetites that we understood, and it was wonderful that they were taken care of. It was a moment where everybody was giving to the other person what they wanted. The women knew that’s what the men wanted … But it lasted just a few moments. And then it was back to the old horror story, whatever it is that still exists. You know, I’ll give you this if you give me that. You know, sealing the deal: What do I get, what do you get. It’s a contract.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Life Of A Ladies’ Man by Sarah Hampson. Globe and Mail: May. 25 2007