Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

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Re: Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

Post by AlanM » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:37 am

I have written three attempts to recommend this book and each has disappeared!
Read it!
Copy of my Amazon review:
This is the story of the two dear friends on their journey through 40 years of life. It reveals the "other" Leonard Cohen without being intrusive, i.e. the man rather than the artist. Relevant but minimal comment is made on his professional career, his legal problems and his women. The main emphasis is just two regular guys who happen to be known to the world. Although the end was known before I read this book, I found the writing style captivating and I read the last quarter at one sitting.
This book should interest readers who are not very familiar with Leonard Cohen, as well as his many fans.
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Re: Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

Post by vlcoats » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:14 am

AlanM wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:37 am
Read it!
Yes sir! :-D
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Post by anny » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:04 am

it's on my list thks for reminding
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Post by HugoD » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:47 pm

Got my copy in the mail yesterday. Looking forward reading it :D
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Post by Heather1969 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:21 pm

Already on second read, this book is wonderful. Buddhism, red wine, snacks, ice lollies and a deep and lasting friendship, perfect.

My only wish is that I was sat at that table in Tremaine too.

Read it.
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Post by lizzytysh » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:23 am

I need to order it.
And what a beautiful review of it that Marie posted. Don't know who wrote it. My phone won't cooperate in following the link.
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Post by Deena » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:09 pm

I was given this book for Christmas and just finished reading it a week or so ago. I was completely overwhelmed by the intimacy of the book. It was fascinating and moving to get a glimpse of the man behind The Man. At times I felt like I was sitting at that kitchen table with the two of them. It was funny in places - laugh out loud. And also, as astranger points out, intense at the end, even somewhat painful to read. So, a book that made me laugh and cry...I cried so much at the end. And I too, Heather, wish that I could have been at that table in Tremaine...
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Post by Heather1969 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:30 pm

I’m not sure if this has been posted before. A nice little piece anyway.

http://www.oldiesmusicblog.com/an-inter ... biography/

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Post by LisaLCFan » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:09 pm

Heather1969 wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:30 pm
I’m not sure if this has been posted before. A nice little piece anyway.

http://www.oldiesmusicblog.com/an-inter ... biography/

Heather

Thanks, I enjoyed that. I particularly liked this bit:

There’s nothing to disagree with or dispute in the book.
You can open it and enter the room and join us.
Or you can close the book and leave.


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Post by MargRz » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:01 am

Now you got me interested... I wasn’t going to order it for fear it was just another production from someone trying to capitalize on LC’s passing. Your recommendations convinced me, so I will buy it.

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Post by MaryB » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:32 pm

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful reviews. Have just placed my order.
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Re: Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

Post by ForYourSmile » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:37 pm

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Hi,

Somewhat late I have received the translation into Spanish, which is not my language but I know well. (I don't like this translation).
I really enjoyed this reading, absolutely interesting for me. It talks about those matters of vital interest to Cohen, Lerner and me. Among other things we can intuit, for example, what was Mount Baldy.
It's about a friendship, a special, subtle and polite relationship.
It is not a biography, neither it is source of much new information; perhaps there are more things about Lerner than Cohen.
For mythomaniacs and pilgrims there are some places. I will not return to LA, nor to NYC, the Mayflower bar no longer exists, but I would like to go to Montreal, for onetime.
Reading the book I felt at that table in Tremaine, but, even at that time if I could express myself in English, I would not know what to say more than thanks for all this, thanks for the dance.

In the film Kiss the Sky two friends continue to deal with matters of vital interest,
they are other characters on the run. The film complemented the book.
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