“Leonard Cohen” by John Walsh. MOJO: September 1994.
I went through an anti-intellectual stage. It was an interesting experience — it purifies the language. But I also lost my discipline, and my literary antecedents.
From The Trials Of Leonard Cohen By Jack Kapica. Montreal Gazette: Aug 25, 1973. Photo by Sam Tata from the Library and Archives Canada. Originally posted July 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I think the term ‘poet’ is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he’s written poetry then let the verdict be that he’s a poet. But I would never assume that title until it’s been awarded me by a very good and long performance.
From June 16, 1961 CBC interview with Leonard Cohen. Image atop post is the back cover of The Spice Box Of Earth (1973). Photo by Sophie Baker. Originally posted May 21, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Sometimes I feel that my life is a sell-out and that I’m the greatest comedian of my generation. But I have to keep going. I can’t remain fifteen and a virgin. So now I’m thirty-six and greedy. I’m willing to be this. I was once never able to stay in the same room with four people. Only a girl who adored me. I feel better now. The more vulgar I get, the more concerned with others I get. I’m trying to cure myself and the only way to cure myself is to take over the world. This is my adventure. My greatest need is to be interesting to myself. Suffering has led me to wherever I am. Suffering has made me rebel against my own weakness.
From Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine: Sept 12, 1970). Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174
From “7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God” by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993.
Laughing Len, the merchant of gloom, and all of those pithy (and sometimes ill-meant) descriptions of you (as if those using them could know you) or your work: I can’t imagine they bother you at all. But was there a time when they did? (Apart from anything else, they missed the humour in your work and, in a broader sense, trivialised what you were doing.)
All those bastards are going to pay for it
From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. This quote, without the lead-in, was incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, that’s some way to say goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23 2016).