“There’s been… a number of extremely boring artistic creations dealing with saving the forest. That creates a kind of totalitarian situation. You can’t live in those songs.” Leonard Cohen

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You know, nobody wants to destroy all the forests. There’s been a million — well, not a million, but a number of extremely boring artistic creations dealing with saving the forest. That creates a kind of totalitarian situation. You can’t live in those songs. You can’t really make love in those songs, or if you do there’s going to be something that is dangerously absent. If you want to write about the forest, say what I said: ‘Take the only tree that’s left and stuff it up the hole in your culture,’ That’s a good line about saving the forest. I haven’t read a better line than that.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Photo by Gerrit Terstiege.

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 Oct 3, 2018.

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