“The kind of visibility that one thought was essential is not attractive to the better sexual partners. On the contrary.” Leonard Cohen On Sexual Desire

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When did [wanting to be sexually desirable] start looking foolish to you?

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I think when I realized the consequences of all this love-making. It leads to houses and children, and you really realize what the thing is all about, and how it’s available for everyone in this day and age. Here one was slaving away at one’s desk writing poems and songs, hoping to attract girls or boys or whatever it was, and outside in the world, the sexual revolution took place unbeknownst to the author. Everyone was coupling behind every bush, and here he was still writing the perfect sonnet to attract the girl next door. It became quite apparent that the average chap who worked on Madison Avenue was in much better sexual condition than most of the pop stars and was exercising his appetite with greater facility. It’s much better to be the bass player than the star. Everybody knows that. If that’s what you’re interested in getting. I think that the kind of visibility that one thought was essential is not attractive to the better sexual partners. On the contrary.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. December 5, 1974, Thanks to J.J. Harchaoui, who shared this article.

“I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older” Leonard Cohen


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Sexual thoughts are supposed to come regularly once every six seconds. Whatever the statistic was, I wasn’t exempt from it, and am still not. I find a broadening of desire, if anything, as you get older.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Cohen Heads Back to The Future by Spencer Bright. London Daily Mail: December 11, 1992. Originally posted Jan 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Best Music For Sex

Interviewer: “What do you think is the best music to fuck to?”

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In the old days people used to say that my stuff was very good for that. I prefer Chopin ‘Nocturnes’ myself.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993. Originally posted Jan 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“In the sweaty, passionate, filthy embrace [of sexual ecstasy], in all of its delicious and time-dissolving power, in the midst of that embrace there is no difference, no separation between the spiritual and the profane.” Leonard Cohen


Pico Iyer: ‘Dance Me To The End of Love’ implies the dissolving of time in the moment of sexual ecstasy. To what extent do you make a distinction between the sexual and the spiritual when it comes to absolute?

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In the sweaty, passionate, filthy embrace, in all of its delicious and time-dissolving power, in the midst of that embrace there is no difference, no separation between the spiritual and the profane. But it’s reached through the profane rather than through the spiritual, at least in my canon. That is the portal, that is the door into the whole affair. In that moment there is no separation, there is no spirit and flesh, there’s no conflict, there never was. It’s dissolved.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen:  Several Lifetimes Already by Pico Iyer (Shambhala Sun, September, 1998). Update: No longer online. Originally posted Nov 26, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric