“I tend to see AIDS as symptomatic of a deeper breakdown in our psychic immune system” Leonard Cohen (1988)

In ‘Everybody Knows’, Cohen sounds the death knell (in more ways then one) for the style of man – and woman – who does seek salvation through untrammelled sexual activity thus: “Everybody knows / that the naked man and woman/ just a shining artifact of the past.”

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That interpretation might be pushing things too far, but certainly we do know that people will never lie down again with each other in our lifetime with the same sense of abandon that we have at this moment. The development of AIDS is the reason – but I tend to see AIDS as symptomatic of a deeper breakdown in our psychic immune system…quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Q: Would you rather make love or make poems? Or is it the same thing? Leonard Cohen: “That depends on the girl”


From A Session With Poet Cohen by Jon Whyte, Patricia Hughes, Terry Donnelly, and John Thompson. The Gateway, December 2, 1966. (The Gateway is the student newspaper of The University of Alberta)

Q: Does there have to be democracy in sexual fantasies? I love tying up my lover, but I don’t want him to tie me up. Leonard Cohen: “You are already tied up”

Leonard Cohen answering questions in Details (July, 1993). Photo by Clarence Risher – originally posted to Flickr as dsc_0938.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted Jan 15, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I couldn’t get a date… I think it’s always like that. It’s never delivered to you.” Leonard Cohen On His Reputation As A 1960s “Intellectual Sex Symbol”

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It’s so curious because I couldn’t get a date. I couldn’t find anybody to have dinner with. By the time that first record came out, which rescued me, I was already in such a shattered situation that I found myself living at the Henry Hudson Hotel on West 57th Street, going to the Morningstar Cafe on 8th Ave, trying to find some way to approach the waitress and ask her out. I would get letters of longing from around the world, and I would find myself walking the streets of New York at three in the morning, trying to strike up conversations with the women selling cigarettes in hotels. I think it’s always like that. It’s never delivered to you.quotedown2

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From The Loneliness of The Long-Suffering Folkie By Wayne Robins (Newsday – Long Island, November 22, 1992.).  Originally posted Sep 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Love as an “awakening from the dream of isolation, from the dream of loneliness, and it’s a terrible shock… It’s a delicious, terrible shock that none of us knows what to do with.”

Why do you think it is that when we fall in love, our mouths become dry and we shake and our hearts beat too loud and we’re fools?

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Because we are awakening from the dream of isolation, from the dream of loneliness, and it’s a terrible shock, you know? It’s a delicious, terrible shock that none of us knows what to do with. Part of the shabbiness of our culture, if indeed it is shabby, is that it doesn’t seem to prepare people. With all the songs about love and all the movies and all the books, there doesn’t seem to be any way that we can prepare the human heart for this experience. Maybe we, the cultural workers like you and I, could apply ourselves. We’re not going to resolve it in this moment or even in this generation, but perhaps as some kind of agenda we could invite our writers and our cultural workers to address this problem a little bit more responsibly, because people are suffering tremendously from a want of data. The psychologists are valiantly trying to provide us with answers, the religious people are trying to provide us with answers. I think it properly falls on the cultural workers to investigate this predicament with a little less concern for the market place and a little more concern for their higher calling.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Originally posted June 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Advice For Success With Women: “Listen well. Then listen some more. And when you think you are done listening, listen some more.”

Leonard’s advice for success with women was even more helpful: “Listen well,” he admonished me, in his husky intense voice, as he shared glasses of whiskey and stared at me with focused intent. “Then listen some more.” I nodded my head and he looked at me during a long, contemplative pause. “And when you think you are done listening, listen some more.”

From What I Learned from My Wise Uncle Leonard Cohen by Jonathan Greenberg (Sonoma Independent: November 14, 2016).