Calling On Leonard Cohen & Kezban: The Cat, The Cane, The Conversation

The Early Report

On Aug 6, 2014, the Duchess and I spent a sunny Los Angeles afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Özcan. (Also see and Lunch At Leonard’s In LA – Leonard Cohen & Kezban Özcan Host Nosh For Duchess & DrHGuy) While the conversations covered many topics, I suspect that readers may be less acutely fascinated by some issues (say, the discussion Leonard Cohen and the Duchess held comparing the exercise programs each favored) than others.

For example, what about…

The Other Cat — The One Without The Hat

Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon and long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see photo atop this post and below) who roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen.

Asked the name of the cat, Kezban writes,

The cat’s name is Jackson. But I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that 🙂

Left to right: Duchess, DrHGuy, & Kezban Özcan. Photo by Leonard Cohen

The Walking Stick

That rattan walking stick originally came into play, according to Leonard just a little too quick response , because of a gout attack. At the time of our visit, Leonard didn’t appear to rely on it and its function may well have transformed from mobility aid to fashion accoutrement. And, yes, there was talk of adding a soft shoe routine to his stage act.

What’s Leonard Cohen Up To Next?

At one point, Leonard responded to a comment I made about the wonders of his doing concerts lasting more than three hours with “We’ll have to do that again.”

Being the intrepid blogger I am, I prompted “So, there’s going to be another tour?”

Without hesitation, Leonard Cohen leaned forward, flashed his grandest smile, and immediately replied in a firm, clear voice, “Maybe.”

Not satisfied with that equivocation, I pushed forward with “Is that a definite maybe?”

Leonard smiled again, answering “A tour is a definite maybe.”

I countered with “Well, you have to do something. Your retirements haven’t been very successful.”

Leonard came back with “Or maybe I’ll write a book.”

That conversational thread ended with my offer to ghostwrite his autobiography.

There is much more about this visit to follow. Stay tuned.

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post was taken by Kezban Özcan via a selfie app.

Posts About The 2014 Visit:


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Aug 8, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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