Most of the things you do – poet, songwriter, novelist, singer – which do you prefer if you were going to be introduced as something?
It’s hard to live by a name anyhow and whatever you created gets away from you anyhow and I’d just as soon be introduced as a vegetarian.
Note: Leonard Cohen was a self-professed vegetarian for a few years in the 1960s. Information about this aspect of his life can be found at Was Leonard Cohen A Vegetarian?
The featured excerpt is from a CBC interview broadcast three weeks before his first album (Songs Of Leonard Cohen, released December 27, 1967). The photograph atop this post, taken by Bill Dampier, is credited to York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC26833.
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 March 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com.