The Favorite Game & Beautiful Losers By Leonard Cohen Released On Audio CD

Beautiful Losers By Leonard Cohen

Amazon (French Site)

MP3 CD
Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Edition: Unabridged (May 29, 2018)
English language
ISBN-10: 1538548712
ISBN-13: 978-1538548714

The Favorite Game By Leonard Cohen

Amazon (French Site)

Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Edition: Unabridged (June 26, 2018)
English language
ISBN-10: 1538548631
ISBN-13: 978-1538548639

Thanks to Dominique BOILE, who alerted me to these publications

“The poem is a dirty, bloody, burning thing that has to be grabbed first with bare hands.” Leonard Cohen

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Poetry is a verdict, not an occupation. He hated to argue about the techniques of verse. The poem is a dirty, bloody, burning thing that has to be grabbed first with bare hands.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

“The poem is a dirty, bloody, burning thing that has to be grabbed first with bare hands” is an important but often disregarded explanatory followup to the more frequently quoted “Poetry is a verdict, not an occupation.” These lines are from The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen. Originally posted Apr 2, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Sex for [Leonard Cohen] is not just a pleasant pastime but also a spiritual adventure” Sexual Revelations In The Favourite Game

The Favorite Game by Ezra Glinter (Paris Review: September 19, 2014) is a thoughtful, well written consideration of Leonard Cohen’s perspective on sex, especially as demonstrated in his novel, The Favourite Game. The complete article is available at the link.

Excerpt:

Yet it isn’t success with women that accounts for Cohen’s particular vision, even if his fame as a lover may have, over time, borne the fruits of self-fulfilling prophecy. Rather, his work is shot through with fears of physical deficiency and sexual deprivation, loneliness and insecurity. “He could not help thinking that … he wasn’t tall enough or straight, that people didn’t turn to look at him in street-cars, that he didn’t command the glory of the flesh,” he writes of his autobiographical protagonist in The Favorite Game. Decades later, in his 2006 poetry collection Book of Longing, Cohen confessed: “My reputation as a ladies’ man was a joke / that caused me to laugh bitterly / through the ten thousand nights / I spent alone.” This experience of rejection explains Cohen’s freeze-frame insight into intimacy. Scarcity, after all, translates into appreciation and appreciation into value. It transforms sex into something more than a bodily function. Along with his focus on physical passion, Cohen is known for his spiritual and religious themes, and for yoking them with the ecstasies of the flesh. Sex for him is not just a pleasant pastime but also a spiritual adventure, the key to life-defining emotions.

Note: Originally posted Sept 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on His Treatment of Women in The Favourite Game


 
What about the argument that [Leonard Cohen] fails women [in The Favourite Game] by denying them their human personalities, setting them up as only goddesses?

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I can’t see things that way either. I don’t think anybody has failed anybody else. It’s only when you walk around with a programme or a fixed ideology or a strategy that you really encounter failure in this respect.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)