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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LEONARD COHEN - The Last Interview (September 2016)

Published on Nov 10, 2016
David Remnick from The New Yorker shared yesterday his last interview with Leonard Cohen on September 2016.

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Leonard Cohen, who died this week, was one of our greatest
songwriters—Bob Dylan told Cohen that he considered him his nearest
rival—and is a figure of almost cult-like devotion among fans. He began
as a poet in the vein of Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara before
releasing his first album, in 1967. Suffering from terrible anxiety, not
much tamed by alcohol and drugs, he conquered his fear of performing
onstage after decades of Zen practice. David Remnick sat down with Cohen
this summer at his home in Los Angeles to discuss his career, spiritual
influences, triumphant final tours, and preparing for his end. “I am
ready to die,” Cohen said. He was already suffering from a number of
health problems. “At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and
are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to
put your house in order. It’s a cliché, but it’s underestimated as an
analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it,
is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are
Remnick’s Profile of Cohen offers a look into the introspection of the musician’s final days:
is probably no more touring ahead. What is on Cohen’s mind now is
family, friends, and the work at hand. “I’ve had a family to support, so
there’s no sense of virtue attached to it,” he said. “I’ve never sold
widely enough to be able to relax about money. I had two kids and their
mother to support and my own life. So there was never an option of
cutting out. Now it’s a habit. And there’s the element of time, which is
powerful, with its incentive to finish up. Now I haven’t gotten near
finishing up. I’ve finished up a few things. I don’t know how many other
things I’ll be able to get to, because at this particular stage I
experience deep fatigue. . . . There are times when I just have to lie
down. I can’t play anymore, and my back goes fast also. Spiritual
things, baruch Hashem”—thank God—“have fallen into place, for which I am
deeply grateful.”"

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