In searching for a reference to Leonard Cohen’s shaving fetish, I happened onto a (justifiably) laudatory review of Sylvie Simmons’ biography of the Canadian singer-songwriter Another Cohen bio? Hallelujah! by Marshall P. Duke (Paste: September 11, 2012), which includes the following passage [highlighting mine]:
Leonard Cohen, we learn in I’m Your Man, loves to shave. We are hard-pressed to think of any photo of Cohen with beard, moustache or stubble, despite his career’s long arc, through decades where facial statements came and went. Why does he love to shave? Simple – he was a good son who listened to his mother.
While I certainly have no qualms about the article’s endorsement of “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,” I am compelled — as a service to humanity — to correct the misconception that Mr Cohen has always been clean-shaven. Toward that end, Cohencentric offers a non-exhaustive photo survey of the varieties of facial foliage that have graced the countenance of the poet-novelist-songwriter-icon.