From Leonard Cohen: Pondering His Past and ‘The Future’ by Scott Crawford (Intermission, Stanford Daily: April 8, 1993). Photo by Mandy MacLeod. Originally posted Oct 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I live in Montreal, which is a French city, in Quebec, which is a French country–especially now, it is a country. I live as a minority writer, almost in exile, because there is no English writing community where I live. These are very special Canadian problems which to me form the Canadian character, because we’re very much involved in this notion of what is minority and what is majority; and yet while these questions are in the air, it seems that everybody has space. Because we don’t have the melting pot notion at all in Canada, we have a federal system that runs right down into the psyche of the country. So in a sense I live like a foreigner in my own city, cut off by the fact that I don’t speak French that well. I can get by, but it’s not a tongue I could ever move around in in a way that would satisfy the appetites of the mind or the heart.
From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975). Photo by Thomas1313 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted December 17, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
1966 Quote from He’s His Man by Juan Rodriguez. National Post: March 10, 2008. Photo taken in Edmonton in 1966 by Rocco Caratozzolo, contributed by Kim Solez. Originally posted July 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I went through an anti-intellectual stage. It was an interesting experience — it purifies the language. But I also lost my discipline, and my literary antecedents.
From The Trials Of Leonard Cohen By Jack Kapica. Montreal Gazette: Aug 25, 1973. Photo by Sam Tata from the Library and Archives Canada. Originally posted July 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I think the term ‘poet’ is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he’s written poetry then let the verdict be that he’s a poet. But I would never assume that title until it’s been awarded me by a very good and long performance.
From June 16, 1961 CBC interview with Leonard Cohen. Image atop post is the back cover of The Spice Box Of Earth (1973). Photo by Sophie Baker. Originally posted May 21, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric