“Clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day.” Leonard Cohen On Clothing, Including That Famous Raincoat Of His

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Well, I find it very difficult to buy clothes. Because I’ve had that raincoat for ten or twelve years now, that’s my coat. I have one coat and one suit because, for one thing, I find it very difficult to buy clothes at a time like this. I somehow can’t reconcile it with my visions of a human benefactor. You know, to be buying clothes when people are in such bad shape elsewhere; so I wear out the old things I’ve got. Also, I can’t find any clothes that represent me. And clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day. Any woman knows this, and men have discovered it now. I mean, clothes are important to us and until I can discover in some clearer way what I am to myself I’ll just keep on wearing my old clothes.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969.

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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 April 20, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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