Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Now Online: Leonard Cohen Dies The Small Death (1978) By Richard Mortifoglio

Leonard Cohen Dies The Small Death
By Richard Mortifoglio
[Review of Death Of A Ladies’ Man]
The Village Voice: Jan 2, 1978

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This article is part of the Leonard Cohen Press Archive

Now Online – Must-See Video: Leonard Cohen’s 1997 Interview With Stina Dabrowski

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Stina Dabrowski has uploaded her 1997 interview with Leonard Cohen at Mt Baldy. While the 2001 Dabrowski-Cohen interview was posted some time ago, the 1997 session has never before been online. Rather than describe the video, I will only urge you to watch this incredible conversation between a savvy, empathic interviewer and the Canadian singer-songwriter.

Leonard Cohen interview With Stina Dabrowski
Mount Baldy Zen Center: 1997

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this outstanding video.

Two Leonard Cohen Christmas Album Proposals

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Wait For Leonard Cohen Holiday Album Enters 35th Year – Legacy At Risk

Lamentably, it appears that 2014 may pass without Leonard Cohen publishing that semi-obligatory celebrity yuletide album needed to lock down his legacy. I’ll explain: If the Canadian singer-songwriter had become famous in the 1960s for singing “So Long, Merry Christmas” instead of “So Long, Marianne,” then this time of year would be replete with seasonal elevator music from his “Songs From No Room At The Inn” collection and his inevitable Cohen Family Christmas Special would be joining its annual battle with A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Nielsen ratings. And, as a consequence, Cohen’s audience, influence, and popularity would have grown exponentially.

Instead, the Cohen Carols Canon continues to comprise precisely one track, his 1979 “Silent Night” duet with Jennifer Warnes (see Video – Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes Sing Silent Night 1979).

An Early Christmas Gift To Leonard Cohen
From Dr Heck

The Duchess has an embroidered pillow displaying the message “This House Believes In Santa Claus.” Likewise, DrHGuy believes it’s not too late to salvage Mr Cohen’s career1 and offers two Leonard Cohen holiday collection proposals: “I’m Your Santa” and “Songs From A Sleigh.”

Merry Christmas, Leonard

Songs From A Sleigh

I’m Your Santa

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  1. No, we don’t have a pillow that say that; you’ll have to take my word on it []

Leonard Cohen Writes Queen’s Quarterly To Praise Milton Wilson, Express Thanks For Being Published, & Buy 25 Copies Of Recent Canadian Verse (1959)

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This letter from Leonard Cohen to Glen Shortliffe of Queen’s Quarterly (click on image to enlarge), dated 7 June 1959, was written in connection with the appearance of some of Cohen’s poems in  that journal. I don’t pretend it’s especially significant, but I do find it heartening that some things – such as the implicit expectation (or requirement) that a writer purchase copies of a professional or literary  journal in which one is published – remain constant.

From Queen’s Quarterly: Fostering Canadian Cultural Identity by Whitney Bell:

While many Canadian periodicals are short-lived, Queen’s Quarterly has endured to become the oldest academic quarterly in Canada. It has built its success on the writings of its Canadian contributors. This study explores the Quarterly’s relationship with authors and the journal’s influence on Canada’s cultural development. Queen’s Quarterly was founded by George Munro Grant, Sir Sanford Fleming, John Watson, and others in 1893. It is the oldest scholarly quarterly in Canada. … Expanding the Quarterly’s national appeal was a path followed by later editors including Malcolm Ross, who attempted to further widen the geographical breadth of readership, and Glen Shortliffe, who showcased Canadian poets after noting a lack of stimulating poetry in the Quarterly. To reinvigorate the journal’s poetical content he commissioned Milton Wilson, one of Canada’s foremost poetry scholars, to compile a collection of Canadian works. In 1959 the selection was published with an unprecedented amount of space dedicated to poetry, with thirty-four poems written by both emerging poets, like Alden Nowlan, and more established writers including Irving Layton. Some of Leonard Cohen’s early poetry was also featured in this collection. 

Found at Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing

Highly Recommended Video: Shalom Goldman On The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen

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Hallelujah: The Poetry & Music of Leonard Cohen

A lecture supplemented with musical performances that explores Leonard Cohen’s connections to religion and culture, Hallelujah: The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen offers a sophisticated, insightful, and entertaining consideration of the life and work of the Canadian singer-songwriter. While hard core Cohenites will find little new information, the presentation is replete with well-integrated, significant details. The arguments are unusually cogent and occasionally spiced with benign irreverence.

From the YouTube description:

In this continuing series on rock legends and religion on October 22, 2014, Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, discusses the work of legendary song-writer and musician, Leonard Cohen. Folksinger Lisa Deaton and musicians from the Duke Divinity School faculty will accompany Goldman in this multimedia event that focuses on religion and culture in Cohen’s music and life.

Note: Although the presentation took place Oct 22, 2014, it appeared on YouTube only yesterday, Dec 11, 2014.

Hallelujah: The Poetry & Music of Leonard Cohen
Video by Duke Center for Jewish Studies

Now Online: Leonard Cohen’s Dark Passage (1993) By Tony Norman

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Leonard Cohen’s Dark Passage
By Tony Norman
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jan 22, 1993

This is an incisive review of The Future album. The opening lines alone would justify the posting of this article.

If the Apocalypse has a face, its wizened stare belongs to musical cabalist and man-about-town Leonard Cohen.

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