You have to go to the truth of feeling. When I inhabit that place, I discard all the alibis. I’m talking about a collapse of perspective. The catastrophe has already happened on the interior plane. The world has already been destroyed. The mental hospitals are full, and people are copping to each other that they can’t take it. Well, what is it that they can’t take? The traffic lights are still running. The subways are still running. People still have jobs. What is it that people can’t take? They can’t take the reality they’re living in.
From No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993.
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 Jan 22, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.