But being a star, a megastar, does it make you feel good or don’t you care?
I would never say that I don’t care about what’s going on, but my own anxiety, my own life, my own nature are such that it’s always been difficult to enjoy anything – that’s been my problem! I’ve been very grateful to have had that feeling, to have been lucky enough to have this gift, to be able to use this gift… I love it, but there’s the pesky detail – that I have a hard time enjoying life and the fruits of my labour.
Note: This interview took place about two years before Leonard Cohen’s depression lifted. A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution
From Interview With Leonard Cohen. France-Inter: October 6, 1997.Transcription of the radio program Synergie With Jean-Luc Esse And Leonard Cohen. Translated from French by Nick Halliwell, UK. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles.