Q: Who is your best male friend and your best female friend? Leonard Cohen: “My 12-inch dick” + Summary Of Leonard’s Genital Self-Assessments

From “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” in Q Magazine, September 1994.

On the other hand,

If only my genitals didn’t float
When I relaxed in the bath
And we both looked down and we both agreed
It’s stupid to be a man

From The Good Fight by Leonard Cohen, published in Stranger Music (1993)

More About Leonard’s Genital Self-assessment:

Q: What do you never leave home without? Leonard Cohen: “My 12-inch dick.”

gk2 From “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” in Q Magazine, September 1994. Photo by Gered Mankowitz © Bowstir Ltd. 2016 / Mankowitz.com.

On the other hand,

If only my genitals didn’t float
When I relaxed in the bath
And we both looked down and we both agreed
It’s stupid to be a man

From The Good Fight by Leonard Cohen, published in Stranger Music (1993)

More About Leonard’s Genital Self-assessment:

“In the early days, with the various substances that were available, I thought I was quite flipped out – you know, since about ’82 or ’83, I have understood I am deeply flipped out.” Leonard Cohen

Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Photo by Alberto Manzano.

“There is an enterprise called poetry today and I don’t really feel part of it” Leonard Cohen (2006)

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I’m reluctant to call [my work] poetry. I like your idea of footnotes, or notes or some other kind of activity, because I think there is an enterprise called poetry today and I don’t really feel part of it… I don’t have that mind that seems to be valued today. I can’t understand a lot of the stuff that’s written.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, speaking to Michael Silverblatt on KCRW Bookworm program about Book Of Longing June 22, 2006. The entire program can be heard at KCRW Bookworm – Leonard Cohen. Originally posted Dec 18, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I know my voice can speak from time to time to people who have been [in despair]” Leonard Cohen

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I’d imagine it’s also a Catch 22, since so much of your best music seemed to spring from that sense of despair.

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I can’t tell you how many letters and phone calls I’ve gotten over the years from people in mental hospitals who say, ‘You know where we are, and the fact that you’re on the outside and we’re inside gives us great hope.’ It’s tricky, because I have been in real dangerous places, and I don’t like them… Where you worry about jumping out of the window. You worry whether you’re gonna get from one moment to the other. I don’t want to spend much time there. I know my voice can speak from time to time to people who have been there. Whether I’ve helped somebody or bound them to their predicament, I don’t know. Affliction and suffering are mysterious.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Photo atop this post taken at the 1988 Binéfar show by Herminia Sirvent.

“The image of gloom is one that’s just got into the computer… You got gloom, suicide, bedsitter depression, razor blades, and also, curiously enough, ladies’ man – as if women found those other characteristics attractive. They don’t.” Leonard Cohen On His Mr Doom & Gloom Image

Is it true that Leonard Cohen still has a problem with his image of Mr. Doom & Gloom?

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The image of gloom is one that’s just got into the computer, you know? You got gloom, suicide, bedsitter depression, razor-blades, and also, curiously enough, ladies’ man–as if women found those other characteristics attractive. They don’t. People have this image of you. If somebody says ‘Bob Dylan’, you think ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’. I don’t resist it, I tell you, I feel lucky to have any kind of image, because the scene is ferociously competitive; there is so much good stuff around. To be able to have any kind of identity at all, and one which enables you to make a living–that’s always been a concern of mine. My records have never sold in those vast quantities; until very recently, they sold very modestly, and they still sell modestly in relationship to the people who are considered pop icons. So, yes, ‘Suzanne’, ‘melancholy’, whatever the designations are, I’m ready to live with them, even embrace them.
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From Leonard Cohen…What’s Your Problem? Doom and Gloom by Patrick Humphries (Vox: February, 1993). The image is an ad from the May 12, 1973 issue of Billboard magazine employing “The Master Of Erotic Despair,” one of Leonard Cohen’s many nicknames (362 at last count), to  promote the Leonard Cohen: Live Songs album. Originally posted Oct 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Religion, teachers, women, drugs, the road, fame, money … nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing.” Leonard Cohen – From Adam Cohen’s Foreword To The Flame

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