“I thought that Naked Lunch [by William Burroughs] was hilarious… When I find something that makes me laugh I think it’s good.” Leonard Cohen

Do you know anything about William Burroughs? Have you ever read any of his work?


I’ve read a lot of his stuff. I thought that Naked Lunch was hilarious. It isn’t in my nature to examine consciously the wide implications of a piece of writing. I don’t look at these things in a sociological context, nor even in a literary context. You know, when I find something that makes me laugh I think it’s good.



Leonard Cohen


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

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

Naked Lunch is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books admired by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List


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 Aug 13, 2018.

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