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by DBCohen
Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Book of Mercy #1-5
Replies: 157
Views: 73866

Introduction

Guys, you’ve jumped the gun on me, while I was preparing to start this thread with the following introduction. So please excuse me if I step back a moment, and begin with some background and with some of what comes in the book before the first section. Book of Mercy was first published in 1984, and ...
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: THE FAILED MESSIAH – A BROKEN HALLELUJAH
Replies: 44
Views: 19977

I’ve read the contributions to this thread, as well as Mary Veling’s article, with great interest. There is much to say in response, but I’ll try to be as concise as I can. First, and with the danger of stating the obvious, let me reiterate that a good poem is a one with many meanings. A poem that c...
by DBCohen
Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Book of Longing
Topic: You Are Right, Sahara
Replies: 57
Views: 39228

Thanks for your input, Greg. “Sarah” is indeed an interesting option.

One correction, though. Sarai becomes Sarah when Abram becomes Abraham on making the covenant with YHWH in Genesis 17, while Isaac isn’t born until chapter 21.

D. B. Cohen
by DBCohen
Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: Robert Altman died... McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Replies: 10
Views: 3519

The text from Wikipedia cited by Dick above is based on what Robert Altman says on the audio channel of the DVD of McCabe & Mrs. Miller . If you can get the DVD you may hear him telling it in his own voice, expressing his deep appreciation for what LC had done for his film. A shorter version appears...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:46 am
Forum: Book of Longing
Topic: You Are Right, Sahara
Replies: 57
Views: 39228

Where was I?
Hiding in my room,
all alone in the House of Mystery,
or so I believed,
with my back turned and eyes wide shut.
But now I’m gathered safely in, it seems,
or am I?
For all the way down to the line, we’re by ourselves.

(Sorry for the presumption),
D. B. Cohen
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

When I wrote about LC’s war experience in Israel above, I was not aware that the subject already came up in the forum last year. The thread is called “LC and the Yom Kippur war, 1973”, in the “Comments & Questions” sub-forum. Some of the information is overlapping, but some details appear either her...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:57 am
Forum: Book of Longing
Topic: You Are Right, Sahara
Replies: 57
Views: 39228

Thanks, Simon. I'll look it up and see if there is anything I can add to that thread. Might takae a few days, though.

DB Cohen
by DBCohen
Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: Book of Longing
Topic: You Are Right, Sahara
Replies: 57
Views: 39228

The image of the veil has many sources in mythology, literature and art, but I think Leonard Cohen may have been influenced here by a specific source, which is a passage in Sefer HaZohar or The Book of Splendor , the major theosophical composition of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. (In passing, let m...
by DBCohen
Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

Lizzy, the tension you are talking about, between the feeling that it is something very private, and the wish to share it with some kindred spirits, is very familiar. Perhaps that’s why I’m such a late comer to this forum, but now that I’ve joined I can feel some good vibrations. Let me just correct...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

Memories

Well, I was a bit apprehensive about writing and posting it, but you can’t deal with LC on the factual level alone without letting in some emotion. And after so many years of devotion, there is so much to tell. I could go on and on, but perhaps I’ll add only one example for the place that LC’s work ...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:28 am
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

Facts, errors and obsessions

Thanks, Lizzy. Of course, I appreciate very much the work done by Ira Nadel in his biography of LC, which contributed much to our knowledge and understanding of its subject. I am saying this in spite of the fact that I was disappointed by some aspects of the book, which often happens when reading a ...
by DBCohen
Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

First concert in Jerusalem

A good friend in Israel checked the old newspapers for me, and we found out two facts about Leonard Cohen’s first concert in Jerusalem. 1. The correct date was 20 April 1972, and not 21 April as it appears on the lists. The 21 of April was a Friday, and there are no concerts in Jerusalem on Friday n...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

Hi Tom and JF,

Thanks for explaining things. It takes a while to learn who is who and what is what, but I'm learning. Glad I could be of some help.

All the best,

DBC
by DBCohen
Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

LC in Israel

Dear Jarkko, In my former posting, concerning some errors in Nadel’s book, I also indicated that there are some errors in the “Tours” section of the Files. I wish to elaborate a little on that, and add some more information. 1. The Tour of 1972, the part in Israel a. The concert in Tel-Aviv on 19.04...
by DBCohen
Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New edition of Nadel's book
Replies: 63
Views: 18304

Several errors in Nadel's biography, and one in the LC Files

I’ve read Ira B. Nadel’s biography of Leonard Cohen, Various Positions, only recently, 10 years after it was first published. I thought Prof. Nadel had done a good job in some aspects, although some things that I would have expected to find in such a biography were missing. I also think that the wri...

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