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LC's Favourite Books

Postby B4real » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:34 am

I am aware of the interviews and know about the books they refer to in both links but I can't at the moment remember details of those interviews. No matter, it's nice to have a reminder of those books again here.
https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/a-collecti ... ite-books/

A collection of Leonard Cohen’s favourite books
Far Out Staff - March 26, 2019
Prior to his death in 2016 at the age of 82, Cohen was reading prolifically at his home in Los Angeles. In an interview a few years earlier, he was asked if he could name some of the books that have stayed true to him over his life.
Here it is:
o The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) by Hermann Hesse
o Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
o A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
o Dubliners by James Joyce
o Selected Poems by Irving Layton
o Collected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca
o I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
o Two Women by Alberto Moravia
o Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
o The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
o Mental Fitness by Michiko Rolek
o Edmund Spenser’s Poetry by Edmund Spenser
o Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson
o Poems by Humbert Wolfe

A more varied and detailed link here - https://radicalreads.com/leonard-cohen-favorite-books/

Leonard Cohen’s Reading List
July 12, 2018
The Bible (also rec’d by Carl Sagan, Martin Luther King Jr., Nick Cave & Maya Angelou)
“The Bible was not forced on me, I received it like honey, and I found all the stories equally beautiful, from the Creation to the Apocalypse.” -LC
The I Ching
Blue Beetle (comic)
Consciousness Speaks by Ramesh S. Balsekar
The Stranger by Albert Camus (also rec’d by David Bowie & Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin
“The whole range of arguments in that book is quite radical and complex and beautiful. It’s the first book I’ve read by an author, masculine or feminine, that has a defiance of the situation, which is deeply subversive in the holy sense – it’s other-worldly. She says that this world is stained by human misconception, that men and women have wrong ideas – even if they are ten million years old and come from the mouth of god, they are still wrong! The position in that book is so defiant and passionate that she creates another reality and just might be able to manifest it. It’s from that kind of appetite, with the way things are that new worlds arise, so I have deep admiration for Andrea Dworkin.” -LC
Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson
“When I was at school there was a book that was very popular called Seven Types of Ambiguity. One of the things it criticized was something called ‘The Author’s Intention.’ You’ve got to discard the author’s intention. It doesn’t matter what the author’s intention in the piece is, or what his interpretation of the piece is, or what his evaluation or estimation of the piece is. It exists independently of his opinions about it.” -LC
The Bear by William Faulkner
Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner
“This punk of a monk, who should be tending to his own affairs, has decided to infect the real world with his tall tales, and worse, to let the cat out of the bag. And what a sly, dangerous, beautiful, foul-smelling, heart-warming beast it is.” -LC
The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) by Hermann Hesse (also rec’d by Patti Smith)
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (also rec’d by Susan Sontag)
Dubliners by James Joyce (also rec’d by Ernest Hemingway)
“That paragraph. It’s not the work of an author, but maybe five lines. It’s those five lines that will get me reluctantly to explore the rest of the guy’s work. But that paragraph I’ve never forgotten. There’s that paragraph ‘Snow was general all over Ireland.’ It described the snow. It’s Montreal. It’s our snow, our black iron gates in Montreal. It was perfect.” -LC
Selected Poems by Irving Layton
“One of the finest writers in language.” -LC
Collected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca
“I was fifteen when I began to read Federico Garcia Lorca. His poems perhaps have had the greatest influence on my texts. He summoned up a world where I felt at home. His images were sensual and mysterious: ‘throw a fist full of ants to the sun.’ I wanted to be able to write something like that as well. A few years ago I wrote a musical adaptation of Lorca’s ‘Little Viennese Waltz.’ Then I noticed what a complex writer he was: it took me more than a hundred hours just to translate the poem. Lorca is one of those rare poets with whom you can stay in love for life.” -LC
I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Two Women by Alberto Moravia
Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
“I loved that book very much, as a wonderful escapist idea. I think you’re kind of stuck with who you are and that’s what you’re dealing with. That’s the hand that you’ve been dealt. To escape from the burden of decision is a delightful notion…but nothing more.” -LC
Mental Fitness by Michiko Rolek
“This workbook may not solve the Burning Issues of Your Life, but you sure as hell can save yourself a lot of trouble by looking into it…She has made some important matters wonderfully clear, and every page is informed by a sweet concern for the well-being of her reader.” -LC
Edmund Spenser’s Poetry by Edmund Spenser
Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poems by Humbert Wolfe
“There was a poet named Humbert Wolfe that nobody had ever heard of — his books I discovered in a second-hand bookstore — that I loved through the years.” -LC
Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats
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Re: LC's Favourite Books

Postby LisaLCFan » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:26 am

Interesting, I'd not seen such a list before, thanks!
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Re: LC's Favourite Books

Postby vlcoats » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:36 am

Oh no! More stuff to read! :shock:

What I mean to say is Thank You! ;-) Eventually I will be done reading what Leonard himself wrote and will be done researching for our trip to Hydra (and other spots) and will be looking for more!

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Re: LC's Favourite Books

Postby B4real » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:22 am

My pleasure you two! And yeah, lots of reading there!
There’s always a different viewpoint to look at things LC...
...and some points of view are time-limited and fated to go
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