“People have an appetite for seriousness. And seriousness is neither light nor dark. It’s just the way it is, & there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is.” Leonard Cohen

Interviewer: I remember reading in an interview that you said that rather than having a dark cast of mind you were merely realistic. Do you think reality is dark?

 

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I think it participates in all the shades. But I think that people have an appetite for seriousness. And seriousness is neither light nor dark. It’s just the way it is, and there’s a great nourishment when you just name the thing as it is. I think there are certain occasions where cynicism is appropriate. One should be cautious.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Radio Interview with Tom Schnabel; Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM: July 13, 1988.

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 Sept 28, 2016.

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