The Scene: It is early 1988. Leonard Cohen is being interviewed in the restaurant of a Covent Garden hotel. The interviewer reports “a tall man in a black suit suddenly approaches our table and hands Len a small black travel bag. Len lets out a huge sigh of relief. The man bows and disappears.”
[Interviewer:] What’s that then, Len?
[Leonard Cohen:] I left it in the car last night. It’s got everything. My tattoo.
[Interviewer:] You’ve got your tattoo in your bag?
[Leonard Cohen:] It’s one of those stick-on ones, a big snake, a present for my daughter. Here’s my airplane tickets. Cheque books. A picture of my girlfriend.
[Interviewer:] Can I have a gander, Len?
[Leonard Cohen:] Sure. I took it myself.
[Interviewer:] Very beautiful. What’s that bit of paper there?
[Leonard Cohen:] That’s my AIDS test result. Negative. It’s good to carry that around. ‘Hi, I’m Leonard, here’s my card!’ It’s like being let out of prison, getting one of those.
Source: Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the excerpt itself is from a 1988 interview). The photo atop this post was taken on another occasion (Milan, 1989) by Guido Harari. This content was originally posted Dec 28, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.