New York Times Op-Ed Names Leonard Cohen “King Of Pop” Thanks To Old Ideas (And Just A Little To This Site)

“Leonard Cohen Hits Charts” To Become “King Of Pop”

Displayed above is the opening of Who’s King Of Pop Now? by Jesse Kornbluth, an op-ed that appeared in the February 12, 2012 New York Times Sunday Review. It is a noteworthy essay and well worth reading in its entirety.

The astute reader may notice the only link in this excerpt and, in fact, the only link in the piece, is the one in the following sentence:

And yet Mr. Cohen not only vaulted to the top of Amazon music last week …

Were one to click on that link – and Cohen willing, that will happen many, many times – one would find oneself at a post titled, “Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits The Charts – And Why That Matters,” which happens to reside on – yep, this very site. (Update: Because the link in the original NY Times piece goes to an inaccessible location on the late, great site, I’ve reset the above link to take one to the same post, now transplanted to

So, thanks Leonard, for releasing an album so popular that it resulted in my site being referenced by a hot-shot New York Times op-ed.1

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 12, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. This reminds me of the opening game of the 1992 NBA Finals when Michael Jordan and I combined to score 35 points in the first half. (OK, Michael scored 35 of those 35 points, but I was there in support.) []

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