February 24, 2009
I have always been intrigued by the thoughts of Leonard Cohen – as such I would like to share a few of his words that have made a definite impact on my thinking. I hope that you find something substantial in the prose, also.
I LIKE THE WAY YOU OPPOSED ME
I like the way you opposed me when you thought I had fallen into silence.You were so happy that I had nothing to teach you, and nobody spoke of my exploits. All this depended on a curious belief of yours that there was only one stage, and you had been waiting for my piece to end, feeling so ripe and swollen for the spot. And here I am again, with the news of another freedom, just when yours was selling well and the competition was under control. You might like to know what my wife said to me upstairs. She’s wearing her wine bikini, she’s rather attractive, you know, in spite of her shaved head which was the idea of your Central Committee. She said, Leonard, whenever you leave the room an orange bird comes to the window.
I BURY MY GIRLFRIEND
You asked me how I write. This is how I write. I get rid of the lizard. I eschew the philosopher’s stone. I bury my girlfriend. I remove my personality from the line so that I am permitted to use the first person as often as I wish without offending my appetite for modesty. Then I
resign. I do errands for my mother, or someone like her. I eat too much. I blame those closest to me for ruining my talent. Then you come to me. The joyous news is mine.
These are two pieces of thoughts from the book Strange Music by Leonard Cohen. I have concluded that L. Cohen has written a thought for every mood of one’s life.
Enjoy! And thank you for your time – I hope it was well spent.