Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen
The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.
Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.
#1 Photos Of Leonard Cohen
Yep, the most popular category of Leonard Cohen posts are photos of him. (And, yes, “Photos,” “Spiritual Themes,” and “The Women In His Life” aren’t parallel categories, but that’s how the stats play out.) Moreover, it’s not performance photos that draw the most views; it’s the candid and posed photos. While adding photos to Leonard Cohen quotations routinely doubles or triples the number of hits, isolated photos without dates, locations, names of photographers, or attribution also do well. Fifteen of the most popular photos posted to Cohencentric follow.
Photo by Penny Showalter: Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood
Photo by Errol and Henriette Manners: Rediscovered Photo: Leonard Cohen on Hydra – 1971
Photo by Lorca Cohen: Two Photos: Leonard Cohen – Not Just A Worker In Song
Photo by Guido Harari: Guido Harari’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen Napping & Praying – Milan 1992
- “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate [↩]