Leonard Cohen Blames His Decreased Reading On LA Times & Identifies “The Last Book [He] Really Studied” 1992

The “very, very brilliant” woman he’s seeing who does the LA Times crossword every morning is Rebecca De Mornay.

Leonard Cohen Reading List

The book referenced by Leonard Cohen, I Am That is a compilation of talks on Shiva Advaita (Nondualism) philosophy by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a Hindu spiritual teacher who lived in Mumbai. I Am That is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

The quotation is from An Interview With Leonard Cohen by Rob O’Connor (Downtown, Feb 12, 1992). This article was contributed by Dominique BOILE. Photo of crossword by Brian Aydemir. Originally posted Aug 6, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day…” Leonard Cohen On Clothing, Including That Old Raincoat Of His

Well, I find it very difficult to buy clothes. Because I’ve had that raincoat for ten or twelve years now, that’s my coat. I have one coat and one suit because, for one thing, I find it very difficult to buy clothes at a time like this. I somehow can’t reconcile it with my visions of a human benefactor. You know, to be buying clothes when people are in such bad shape elsewhere; so I wear out the old things I’ve got. Also, I can’t find any clothes that represent me. And clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day. Any woman knows this, and men have discovered it now. I mean, clothes are important to us and until I can discover in some clearer way what I am to myself I’ll just keep on wearing my old clothes.quotedown2

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From an interview by Michael Harris that appeared in the journal Duel, Winter 1969. Originally posted April 20, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Explains How He Came To “Love The Sunshine”


You’ve spent years in Greece and California. Do you crave sunshine?

I grew up in Montreal, which was covered by snow seven months of the year, so I love the sunshine. You cannot otherwise but believe in some benign aspect of the cosmos if you go out and it’s bright and warm. And with a tan, you may even look better.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997). Thanks to Maarten Massa for the photo of a very young Leonard Cohen shoveling snow. Originally posted Dec 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Explains Why He Got Into Poetry

Jools Holland: And then what got you into poetry?

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know. I thought that was the way to kind of win women’s hearts.

Jools Holland: Did it work?

Leonard Cohen: Yes it did.

From Later With Jools Holland Show (BBC: May 14, 1993). Watch video of this interview at Video: Leonard Cohen On Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, His First Influence – Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, Los Angeles, & Catastrophe  Originally posted Jan 11, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his goals when he entered college (Yes, women were involved – and poetry)

What was your goal when you entered McGill University in 1951?

… Wine, women and song. I don’t think I had any goal at all. All the others had goals. I was talking to that friend about this the other day. We just hung out, we played pool [laughs] … We read poetry. We read it like a plan; we wanted to understand what truly living was about. Poetry was sacred writing; the Law. One had to live according to the Law. But for us poetry was also related to drinking and picking up girls [laughs] … Montreal was ideal for that; with good hang-outs, some cafes where you could drink cheaply, bring your guitar and sing. To live the life that poems spoke of: freedom, love, those kinds of things.quotedown2

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From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Photo of McGill University by Laslovarga – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted January 13, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.