Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What do people have to say about Leonard Cohen?

Book Ten

So much to say about Cohen and here are a few words of wisdom from the great man himself.

”Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. 

”A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh” 

”Every heart to love will come – but like a refugee” 

”Act the way you'd like to be and pretty soon you'll be the way you act” 

”I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin” 

”The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape” 

“We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky” 

This is from the blurb on the back:
"Poet, singer, novelist, song writer, pop saint - Leonard Cohen's writing is discussed here from many points of view. The essential reviews, articles, fascinating interviews and controversies are gathered together for the first time from sources as diverse as Canadian Literature, The Village Voice, Weekend Magazine and the New York Times Review for Books, among many others.

Michael Gnarowski's Introduction offers a perspective in which each contribution takes on added significance, while the collection itself provides context in which not only individual passages but all Cohen's novels and poetry may be further appreciated..."