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by comehealing
Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Sylvie Simmons interview, RTE RADIO TONIGHT @ 10pm GMT
Replies: 7
Views: 1503

Re: Sylvie Simmons interview, RTE RADIO TONIGHT @ 10pm GMT

Fab! Thanks for the link, Gwen. Will listen to this tonight :)
by comehealing
Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 7371

Re: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013

Thanks for your kind words!

Good to hear too that you managed to track down that quote where Leonard makes the connection behind language and survival - just been scanning back through the thread (hadn't checked forum for a few days) :)
by comehealing
Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 7371

Re: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013

It was a swell programme I thought. A great snapshot. :)

I loved Sylvie Simmons' biography, steeped in affection and learned insight.
In case anyone might be interested, here's my review of the book:

http://alexisdimyan.wordpress.com/2013/ ... -your-man/
by comehealing
Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013
Replies: 60
Views: 7371

Re: BBC Radio Scotland - Leonard Cohen Special,1st Jan 2013

This is great. Fascinating discussion and a great complement to Sylvie's book, which I think is terrific. Thanks for sharing. Love Leonard's line about language: "the connection of language with survival is somehow very clear and acute." Reminds me of Pablo Neruda: "not to speak is to die — language...
by comehealing
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Hallelujah and its significance
Replies: 0
Views: 609

Hallelujah and its significance

Alan Light talking about its resonance on the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20778621

Peace and blessings this festive season :)
by comehealing
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

@DBCohen, this is so true. Art, ultimately, is subjective. There is no absolute truth.

I have a running joke with someone I know. Whenever I mention my admiration for L Cohen, all she can say is "depressing". Nothing more. I have given up trying to convert her.

:)
by comehealing
Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: UNCUT : 'Old Ideas' is Album of The Year
Replies: 10
Views: 2321

Re: UNCUT : 'Old Ideas' is Album of The Year

Frabjous news. Old Ideas is a masterpiece - an exquisite distillation of wry observation, subversive humour
and gentle wisdom. Simply marvellous.

:)
by comehealing
Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

I, too, found Michael Lista's thoughts compelling. Oscar Wilde wrote in the preface to "A Picture of Dorian Gray": "Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital." To paraphrase this in relation to L Cohen: "Diversity of opinion about a figure of significance...
by comehealing
Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

Hi Blonde Madonna, lol, I do aspire to be polite :) I thought that this might be the case. Wonder whether this is the same for any biography, namely that it will be driven/skewed by the writer's biases/likings/ dislikes etc? For every artist, I often think that the biography is often in the work, if...
by comehealing
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

To a certain extent, I agree with you. Didn't Leonard warn Sylvie not to write a hagiography? However, still think the book is riveting. You write: I find modern day Cohen the serene Buddhist monk evasive and slightly boring. Am sure that he would raise a wry chuckle at this. I would argue, after ha...
by comehealing
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

What a ridiculous line this is in the Daily Mail review:
For all his gloom and apparent world-weariness, Leonard Cohen, it’s clear, is also a colossal old ham.
Mind you, this is the Daily Mail so I guess one shouldn't be too surprised :)
by comehealing
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Holy or the Broken - book about Hallelujah by Alan Light
Replies: 47
Views: 10855

Re: New book: The Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

A whole book, wow. Should be a fascinating read.

I always loved Bryan Appleyard's piece from 2005 and his brilliant observation:

"it is a song about the contemporary condition of song"

http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/appleyard.html
by comehealing
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons
Replies: 173
Views: 48515

Re: New Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons (Fall 2012

There was a review in last weekend's Sunday Times (UK), unfortunately hidden behind a pay wall. Very complimentary it was too. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/non_fiction/article1157622.ece However the most striking aspect of the review was that it was placed adjacent to a review o...
by comehealing
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Reviews of Sylvie Simmon's "I'm Your Man" on Amazon UK
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Reviews of Sylvie Simmon's "I'm Your Man" on Amazon UK

A couple of great reviews thus far on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Your-Man-Leonard-Cohen/dp/0224090631/ref=pd_sim_m_h__27 If the folk who wrote these happen to be on this forum, great work. Slightly mystified by the third review, though,as reviewer appears to be putting too great an emphas...
by comehealing
Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: OLD IDEAS
Topic: Sylvie Simmon s thinks "Darkness" is about oral sex...
Replies: 35
Views: 22146

Re: Sylvie Simmon s thinks "Darkness" is about oral sex...

I wonder if this poem by Byron was a possible source of inspiration: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173081 I read a piece the other day, about Shakespeare, highlighting how he was a master of polysemy. It strikes me that polysemous is an adjective that can be ascribed, with merit, to the maest...

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