Sadly but gloriously I’ve found Leonard Cohen late in life. We miss so much during our struggle for survival. In the short time since his death his work has been an inspiration to me as I approach the final stages of my first novel. He obviously moved James Radcliffe, and this beautiful obituary is a fine tribute to a wonderful human being.
“I’ve always been given to self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.” – Leonard Cohen
I learned Leonard had died on a Friday. I was sitting eating breakfast when my girlfriend came to the kitchen doorway. She asked if I knew. Knew what I said. She told me gently. I was grateful for that. I put my head in my hands, then I closed my eyes.
I spent that day in studio. In the evening I made a fire. We cued up a playlist of Leonard’s music and opened a bottle of wine. As we listened, I began to talk. I needed to explain why Leonard Cohen was so important to me; and as I talked, it dawned on me how much more there was to say.
I realized that: his words, his music, his writing, and his story were woven so deeply thru every stage of my life that there…
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