Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Stories: 1) Leonard Cohen: Zen And The Art Of Songwriting 2) ‘Adventureland’: A Carnivalesque Comedy
Leonard Cohen rarely gives personal interviews and he says it has been many years since the last one. But Norwegian radio documentary producer Kari Hesthamar was with him for three days in Autumn 2005. Here we meet an aging Leonard Cohen who looks back on a past where love has been a main theme. He says, ”This life is designed to overthrow you, nobody masters it.” Cohen claims that he hardly remembers anything from his past. He is preoccupied with ”the cordiality of the moment.” Hesthamar tries to make him remember, but at the same time, she is fascinated by Cohen’s ability to be present in the moment. Like this, they meet halfway. He talks about love and his past relationship to his Norwegian sweetheart Marianne and about the journey from his first poems to the melancholic songs that made him world-famous. This piece came to America through the Third Coast International Audio Festival.