Interviewer: I asked [Leonard Cohen] if he felt fortunate to have achieved a modest rather than enormous level of fame.
Tremendously. It has none of the burdens of celebrity. It suits my nature. I never really wanted to be in the center of things, if there is such a place. Most singers feel that they’re not there, but I know I’m not there. I’ve been able to make a living and send my kids to school. It’s a very acceptable level of renown.
Angst & Aquavit by Brendan Bernhard. LA Weekly: September 26, 2001.