OK, 1HeckOfAGuy.com Is Only Part Of The Intro; Still, …
A piece on Adam Cohen, Being Leonard Cohen’s Son – It’s Not All Hallelujahs, by Brigit Grant posted March 29, 2012 in The Jewish Chronicle Online, begins
There is a quiz on the internet that lets Leonard Cohen fans measure the intensity of their admiration for the musician and poet. The site, 1heckofaguy.com, is ironic (one hopes), but for a high score a “serious fan” should have considered converting to Judaism; played unlikely Cohen songs at a barmitzvah or wedding; and carried a photograph in their wallet of Leonard’s children, Lorca and Adam.
As weird as this all sounds, Adam Cohen would never dismiss any of it as beyond the realms of possibility.
The article then segues into its central topic, how being the son of Leonard Cohen has impacted the life and career of Adam Cohen.
From Ambivalence To Acceptance
As 1HeckOfAGuy.com’s webmaster, my first reactions to those sentences that opened the article were ambivalent. Heck Of A Guy posts, You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … and Cohenphilic Personality Disorder, to which I assume Ms Grant refers, are not quizzes and do not serve as a means of qualifying as a “serious fan.”1
On the other hand, “1heckofaguy.com” does appear in the first paragraph of the article while “Adam Cohen,” the putative subject of the piece, isn’t introduced until the second paragraph.
Consequently, I’ve determined that the appropriate response is (1) to categorize any misinterpretations of my posts as Cracks Through Which The Light Gets In and (2) to gratefully accept the author’s gracious (and all too atypical) acknowledgement of my site.
Finally, in a separate matter I can also, in good faith, recommend Being Leonard Cohen’s Son – It’s Not All Hallelujahs – including but not limited to a wonderful first paragraph – as a worthwhile, interesting read.
- For that matter, those posts are (one hopes) more accurately characterized as comic metaphors than generic irony, but venturing into the especially boggy portion of the rhetorical device swamp reserved for debates about irony would put the original intent of this post at risk. [↩]