Leonard Cohen Outs Himself As “A Rapacious, Gimlet-Eyed Pop Monster” (Oct 2016)

Dan Cairns: If you look back, and I’m not suggesting you do, but if you were to, are there moments in your life as a writer and musician that would be harder/more uncomfortable to have to remember than others? I’m thinking in terms of recordings, or decisions, you later regretted; or moments that, at this distance, could seem questionable in terms of motives? For instance, I don’t ever read much about your ambition, yet it must have been part of the picture, and created some blurred lines on occasion. I’m not expecting you to out yourself as having been a rapacious, gimlet-eyed pop monster, I’m just wondering if there are things that might, now, make you go: ‘Oh my.’


No you got it right Dan. I am a rapacious gimlet-eyed pop monster


Leonard Cohen


From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen completed and forwarded to me Oct 17, 2016. While portions of that questionnaire were incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, That’s Some Way To Say Goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23, 2016), this specific response was not used. Photo by Mandy McLeod.

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 Jan 26, 2018.

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