“My advice is highly valued. For instance, don’t piss on a large pine cone. It may not be a pine cone…” Leonard Cohen’s Laugh Out Loud Essay, The Luckiest Man In The World

My advice is highly valued. For instance, don’t piss on a large pine cone. It may not be a pine cone. If you are not clear about which spiders are poisonous, kill them all. The daddy long legs is not a true spider, it actually belongs to the Seratonio crime family. Although insects value their lives, and even though their relentless industry is an example for all of us, they rarely have a thought about death, and when they do it is not accompanied by strong emotions, as it is with you and me. They hardly discriminate between life and death. In this sense they are much like mystics, and like mystics, many are poisonous. It would be difficult to make love to an insect, especially if you are well endowed. As for my own experience, not one single insect has ever complained. If you are not sure which mystics are poisonous, it is best to kill the one you come across with a blow to the head using a hammer, or a show, or a large old vegetable, such as a petrified beet.

 

Excerpted from The Luckiest Man In The World (Mt Baldy, 1997) – Book Of Longing by Leonard Cohen. Photo credit: Arnaud Maggs / Library and Archives Canada, archival reference number R7959-2044.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted July 25, 2018.

One thought on ““My advice is highly valued. For instance, don’t piss on a large pine cone. It may not be a pine cone…” Leonard Cohen’s Laugh Out Loud Essay, The Luckiest Man In The World

  1. Thankyou!!! So nice, so fun, so interesting……………………….thankyou to Leonard Cohen and certainly to you Mr. Showalter!

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