My interest in women wasn’t unique, we all shared it. We were starved. The atmosphere was pretty repressive. It wasn’t like today; you didn’t sleep with your girlfriend. It wasn’t an ideology, I didn’t feel rebellious, I just wanted to embrace someone. We felt very alone, you wanted to embrace someone in the dark. We weren’t more starved than the others, we were all desperate. How can it be otherwise? I am totally normal. We’re all crazy about girls. But at 15 everything was in my imagination, our experience was limited. A kiss in the back of a car. I think my vices developed later, slowly. [laughs]
Leonard Cohen, quoted in Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992).
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 August 1, 2012 at DrHGuy.com.