“The criticism that I am gloomy or dull or depressing tends to come from people who are hostile to my work.” Leonard Cohen. Photo: Anton Cermak

interview at the Sebel Townhouse, Sydney on May 20, 1985. Photo by Anton Cermak

“I was always amused by that reputation [as a ladies’ man] for someone who has spent so many nights alone. These things sort of get into the database, I suppose.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: Love’s Hard Man by Alan Franks (Article first appeared in The Times Magazine on 13 October 2001). Originally posted July 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I found I had some gift for [music] and, with these little songs I wrote, I could impress myself and others – including girls. That’s the hormonal rage that cannot be ignored.” Leonard Cohen

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I guess [my attraction to music] comes from not being able to do anything else very well. I found I had some gift for it and, with these little songs I wrote, I could impress myself and others – including girls. That’s the hormonal rage that cannot be ignoredquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From I Never Discuss My Mistresses Or My Tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, October 14, 2001.

Q: What is your most treasured material possession? Leonard Cohen: “My body.”

To check out Leonard’s most treasured material possession, see Leonard Cohen Beefcake Video: The Ladies’ Man Keeps His Hat On.

The quotation is from “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” in Q Magazine, September 1994. Photo by Dominique Issermann.

Leonard Cohen & Irving Layton Discuss The Decline In Their Sexual Interests

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I had a lovely moment with Irving [Layton] recently. We were having a smoke and he said, ‘Leonard, have you noticed that you have declined in your sexual interests?’ He’s 89. So I said, ‘I have, Irving.’ He said, ‘I’m relieved to hear that.’ I said, ‘So I take it, Irving, that you also have observed some decline in your own sexual interests.’ He said, ‘Yes, Leonard, I have.’ I said, ‘When did you first begin to notice this decline in your sexual interests?’ He said, ‘Oh, about the age of 16 or 17.’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Exile on Main Street by Brett Grainger (Elm Street: Nov 2001)

“The writer is ambivalent by nature. That’s who we are… Our interest in things was never real. It wasn’t genuine, or wholehearted. We were mostly interested in life as material for the line, the verse, the story.” Leonard Cohen

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The writer is ambivalent by nature. That’s who we are… We’re ambivalent about everything… Our interest in things was never real. It wasn’t genuine, or wholehearted. We were mostly interested in life as material for the line, the verse, the story. Unfortunately, that didn’t keep us from running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to feel a little better, looking for a buzz. Anything to escape the anguish.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Matters Of Vital Interest by Eric Lerner. A review of this book can be found at The Leonard Cohen Tell All Koan – Matters Of Vital Interest By Eric Lerner. Photo by Eric Lerner.