“My depression might have been the background of my work, but not the spur, not the trigger.” Leonard Cohen

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I think people, perhaps legitimately sometimes, feel that anguish or suffering is the engine of creativity. It’s a very popular notion… I think most people live their lives in an emergency, and I’m certainly not unique in this respect. I have certainly battled depression over the years, and my time on Mount Baldy was one of the remedies. And I found that my depression might have been the background of my work, but not the spur, not the trigger.

 

 

Leonard Cohen

 

State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Accessed June 9, 2014 at Ten New Songs

Leonard Cohen & Depression

A summary of the clinical depression from which Leonard Cohen can be found at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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 Feb 25, 2016.

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