“[Teachers] is not about homosexuality as such, but yes it is about the spirit, and whether it moves toward the sun or the moon.” Leonard Cohen

Interviewer: “Several girls embraced me/Then I was embraced by men” – a line from one of his earliest songs, ‘Teachers’. Was the gay dimension part of the pattern of his exploring all points between the masculine and feminine poles?

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I don’t want to make a commentary on that or other songs. I never do. It says what it says. It’s not about homosexuality as such, but yes it is about the spirit, and whether it moves toward the sun or the moon.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)

Leonard Cohen “There is a kind of sexual dance going on with woman and a kind of war-dance going on with men”

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So I find I can enjoy both men and women, because even when you meet men there is a kind of war-dance going on; there is a kind of sexual dance going on with woman and a kind of war-dance going on with men. And it’s very agreeable to have those dances confined to one or two steps rather than the acrobatics that usually attended them.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, from his 2001 interview with Stina Lundberg.  Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric February 23, 2011

“I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older” Leonard Cohen


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Sexual thoughts are supposed to come regularly once every six seconds. Whatever the statistic was, I wasn’t exempt from it, and am still not. I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older.quotedown2

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From Cohen Heads Back to The Future by Spencer Bright. London Daily Mail: December 11, 1992. Originally posted Jan 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I don’t think I came across as a particularly good lover. I’m much better at friendship.” Leonard Cohen On His Reputation As A Ladies’ Man


[Interviewer:] Cohen and I talk about his reputation as a ladies’ man…

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I wrote a song a while back called ‘I Was Never Any Good at Loving You.’ And I think it’s true. I don’t think I came across as a particularly good lover. I’m much better at friendship. But I had a strong sexual drive that overpowered every other consideration. I had no idea who the people were that I was sleeping with. I mean, my appetite for intimacy – and not just physical intimacy but the intimacy that went with that activity – was so intense that I was just interested in the essence of those things. It was just an appetite. And consequently misunderstandings and suffering from both parties arose.quotedown2

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2001 interview from Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore (Free Press: July 14, 2009)

Leonard Cohen on His Treatment of Women in The Favourite Game


 
What about the argument that [Leonard Cohen] fails women [in The Favourite Game] by denying them their human personalities, setting them up as only goddesses?

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I can’t see things that way either. I don’t think anybody has failed anybody else. It’s only when you walk around with a programme or a fixed ideology or a strategy that you really encounter failure in this respect.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)

“The kind of surrender that is involved with love means that you have to take a wound also.” Leonard Cohen

foisdg2rnzmTS: Has you view of romance changed over the past twenty years, since you embarked on your songwriting career?

LC: Well, I think that it changes naturally, but I think that the position I took in some of those early songs is not so far from the position I take now.

TS: Which is?

LC: That the kind of surrender that is involved with love means that you have to take a wound also.

TS: Do you think that it’s a typical growth process, or that it’s more your own?

LC: I can’t believe that my predicament is unique.

From Stolen Moments: Leonard Cohen by Tom Schnabel. Acrobat Books, 1988. Photo by Antonio Olmos. Originally posted Mar 21, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.