I’m so taken by this gem of an interview that appeared on YouTube yesterday that I’m deferring my planned blog entry and posting this instead.
The video was translated and uploaded by lightning494. The copy below is copied and pasted from the YouTube text.
1988 interview on French TV with journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, popular newscaster known for his appreciation of literature. Cohen is just on the verge of present “First We Take Manhattan” through a video clip by Dominique Isserman. The interview shift from fantasy terrorists to politics in the Middle East where Leonard tells the TV audience that’s what goes on there is everyone’s problem, not just the Israeli’s or the Jews’ problem. Thanks to Margaret of the Leonard Cohen files for sending me this interview ( maybe she hoped I’d translate and share it) and to Jarkko Arjatsalo , webmaster of the Leonard Cohen files for sending it to her. Also, the philipchek of YouTube and Paris for checking my transcript, adding words I missed , and insuring the accuracy of my translation.
Update: Part 2 of this interview is now available at Leonard Cohen On Monastery Life, Writing Songs & Poems, Edith Piaf & Jennifer Warnes