The Story About The Toronto Brokers, A $700 Bordeaux, & Leonard Cohen

The Title Is “This Is the Best Story You’ll Read All Day Just Trust Us,” & It Features Leonard Cohen – Go Figure

Here’s how the story begins:

“Hey, bartender,” the old guy gestured at me, almost whispering in a sonorous rumble. “See those gentlemen over there? Ask them if I can have two fingers of their wine.” I looked over my shoulder to where a couple of brokers had just ordered a $700 bottle of Bordeaux, then back at Sonorous Rumble and hesitated, not sure how to politely tell him he was nuts. He looked a little nuts, all decked out in an admittedly stylish tweed in the middle of summer. Shrugging amiably, the old guy got off his bar stool and circled the big marble slab to go speak directly with the brokers. I watched the way you watch a shopping cart rattle toward a Porsche in a parking lot: morbidly curious, shoulders slightly hunched in a pre-loaded cringe.

 

The rest of the tale (spoiler alert: it has a happy ending) can be read at This Is the Best Story You’ll Read All Day Just Trust Us by Russ Rowlands (Roads & Kingdoms: Dec. 6, 2016).

Note: Sonorous Rumble is the latest addition to the list of Leonard Cohen Nicknames.

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 Nov 10, 2017.

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