Leonard Cohen On His Suspicions Of & Compassion For Professional Charmers


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I’m very suspicious of charismatic holy men and compelling oratories, and yes, shining statesmen – very suspicious – but I mean my heart goes out to them too because if I didn’t recognise my own vulnerability to that charm I wouldn’t be talking about it at all.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988). Originally posted November 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I have never tried to shock, never had that appetite. If I have an appetite, it’s for saying things I can live with while maintaining my self-respect. It’s as simple as that.” Leonard Cohen

From Le Cercle de Minuit – Michel Field, Interviewer. Broadcast by France 2: December 1992. Originally posted April 30, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Writing, Herrings, & Blonde Girls In Oslo (1960s)

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I’ve been working on my new book but today I feel like giving up writing. The air is too sweet for all this working of the mind, the herrings are too tasty. When I am not watching blonde girls I am eating herring and sometimes I do both.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen writing from Oslo while traveling with Marianne in the 1960s. From Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen By Ira B. Nadel (Random House of Canada: 1996). Originally posted July 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Legacy? I never thought that it would mean anything to me when I’m dead. I’m going to be busy.” Leonard Cohen 2009

Leonard Cohen reborn in the U.S.A. by Geoff Boucher at Pop & Hiss, the  L.A. Times music blog: February 27, 2009. Photo taken at the July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen concert in León  by Indiana Caba. Originally posted November 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Less Famous Plastic Raincoat

 

Excerpt from For Cohen, Grief Is Joy by Lynn Van Matre (Chicago Tribune: Nov 23, 1975). Thanks to Rike, who discovered and contributed the article. Note: The raincoat pictured is, as they say, an “artist’s vision” of Leonard’s plastic raincoat.

Note: OK, Leonard’s purchase of a cheap plastic raincoat as a joke doesn’t qualify as Essence Of Leonard Cohen stuff, but I am taken by the notion of Leonard covering herself in the same material my mother employed to protect her living room sofa.

“I am interested in my internal landscape and just paint pictures of it” Leonard Cohen


Q: Do you think your lyrics and way of life add to the Cohen mystique?

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I think you do have to be in contact with yourself or be interested in establishing contact with yourself. A lot of people aren’t interested in their higher state. It just happens that I am interested in my internal landscape and just paint pictures of it.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From The Sounds Interview 1971 by Billy Walker. Sounds: October 23, 1971. Originally posted July 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric