I could of course say that The Future is a sick joke, a ghost story to scare the kids. But this future is already a reality. Even in protected and provincial Europe you just have to look out of your window to see the backyard is burning. In that sense, The Future reports, but it takes the form of an apocalyptic vision. That form is very old: the idea of ‘closing time’ is an essential part of our culture, and just now in these times of social unrest the mind seems to yearn for the apocalyptic solution.
From ‘Gesprek met Leonard Cohen, de boeteprediker van de popmuziek; Het Oude Testament is mijn handboek’ [Talk with Leonard Cohen, the philosopher of pop music; the Old Testament is my guide] by Pieter Steinz, NRC: December 4, 1992. Contributed & translated by Anja Deelen
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 14, 2016.