“Theology or religious speculation bears the same relationship to real experience as pornography does to lovemaking. They’re not entirely unconnected.” Leonard Cohen


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Theology or religious speculation bears the same relationship to real experience as pornography does to lovemaking. They’re not entirely unconnected. I mean, you can get turned on. One of the reasons that they’re both powerful is that they ignore a lot of other material and they focus in on something very specific. In these days of overload, it’s very restful to know, at last, what you’re talking about.quotedown2

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From At Lunch With Leonard Cohen;Philosophical Songwriter On A Wire by Jon Pareles. New York Times: October 11, 1995. Originally posted Nov 24, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I am a glutton … I will try to have something to do with every woman I meet …” Leonard Cohen – Photo By Harold Barkley (1973)

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From the Toronto Star Archives Toronto Reference Library. Thanks to Gordana Stupar

Leonard Cohen’s Devastating Description Of His Reaction To Marianne’s Death

How affected did you get when Marianne Ihlen passed away?

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The way any heartless son of a bitch
is affected by
the relentless amputation of his past.
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From the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen.

“In a certain way, having children is the only activity that connects you to mankind and makes a serious assault on the ego” Leonard Cohen


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We are very large beings wheeling through existence, who aren’t even shaped the way we appear. You catch the lint of another’s being on your wheel. And she does the same, and you get tangled up inextricably. The tangle is like a cocoon, out of which another being emerges. My feeling is that until you have children, until you really get stuck, it’s like dating for the junior prom. I believe that in a certain way, having children is the only activity that connects you to mankind and makes a serious assault on the ego.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Obscured…A Haunting by Spector by Stephen Holden. Rolling Stone: January 26, 1978. Photo from Adam Cohen Facebook Page. Originally posted January 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was able to find ideological justification for my [fear of marriage], which was developed quite extensively in my young manhood.” Leonard Cohen

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The Loneliness of The Long-Suffering Folkie By Wayne Robins (Newsday – Long Island, November 22, 1992). Originally posted Oct 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric