Leonard Cohen Questions His Identity: Poet? Hustler? Junkie? (1968)


From Poet Writer Singer Lover Cohen by Paul Grescoe. Canadian Magazine: February 10, 1968. Photo by Jim Wigler (more about this image at The Story Behind That Photo Of Leonard Cohen Blowing Smoke Rings). Originally posted April 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Love: “Nobody masters it”

Because of this fictitious reputation [as a lady’s man] I have the credentials that permit me to enter into conversations with the Great Ones. From what I gather, when it comes to objects of love that they desire – not the ones that come easily but the women they want – then the background is anxiety. It has a physical resonance. Nobody masters it.quotedown2

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The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland, GQ: Nov 2001.

Leonard Cohen On His Suspicions Of & Compassion For Professional Charmers

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

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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)

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

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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