How about the other extreme? Someone like Tolstoy who divided his land up among the peasants. You couldn’t really do that here.
He [Tolstoy] couldn’t, either. It leads you to some very absurd, although poignant and touching, situations. For instance, in his rather large house — I think it was in the living room with a salon — he set up a little shoemaking shop. His wife and daughter were wearing gowns from Paris, they were completely involved in opera and anything else they could manage at the time, and he was wearing peasant clothing and making sandals. So, it leads you to some very conflicting stances. I mean, we don’t love Tolstoy for his solutions, we love him for his appetite for justice.
From Songs and Thoughts of Leonard Cohen by Robert O’Brian (RockBill: September 1987).
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 1, 2012 at DrHGuy.com.