“The rhetoric of the center is chronically & obsessively concerned with a version of reality that nobody buys” Leonard Cohen On The Disconnect Between Public Utterance & Private Experience

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It’s an incredible mess … for some odd reason, we still dare to hope … Freedom from hope … a kind of freedom from cynicism. It’s beyond cynicism, it’s beyond hope. It’s just an embrace. … Public utterance is way behind private experience. … You’ll find that people are talking much more realistically than the leaders. When a leader begins a talk realistically, unfortunately they’re generally from the extreme left or the extreme right. But the thing that is appealing about their rhetoric is that it’s real. The rhetoric of the center is chronically and obsessively concerned with a version of reality that nobody buys. That something really great is going on. Well something great isn’t going on. Something quite despairing is going on.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (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 July 17, 2015.

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