Religion News Service Features Leonard Cohen

Iconic songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen is featured in this Religion News Service piece: “Five Years After His Death, Leonard Cohen Is More Than Ever a Man for Our Times.”

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard          Cohen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 in Somerset, southwest England on June 29, 2008. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Erica Jong’s review of From This Broken Hill

 

Erica Jong, award-winning author of Fear of Flying, novelist, and cultural commentator says, “Marcia Pally has written an absolutely brilliant and arresting book about the lyrics of Leonard Cohen… he has done the remarkable thing of writing prophecy and social criticism into his lyrics. Marcia Pally’s book analyzes his extraordinary talent. Please read it!”

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“Breaking up” with Leonard Cohen

     At a recent book talk on From This Broken Hill, cantor Basya Schechter said that years ago she told Leonard Cohen his songs made her feel “like I’m being broken up with.” Music critic Thom Juric called Cohen “the elder statesman of the bedroom.”

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Leonard Cohen’s Political Wisdom on Pandemic, Fire & Flood

Fire, flood, war, and pestilence. The Book of Revelation? No, the news. Poet and soothsayer Leonard Cohen offers some wisdom on how we got here. Check out his performance of “Everybody Knows,”  on breaking the political and personal bonds that hold the world together.
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Leonard Cohen’s Spiritual Advisor, Rabbi Finley

Rabbi Mordecai Finley, spiritual counselor to Leonard Cohen, called From This Broken Hill I Sing to You superb book,” “sophisticated and accessible.” Finley continues, “As someone whose relationship with Old Priest was rooted in theological discussions, it is such a pleasure to see his depth so beautifully and originally articulated.”

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Photo Credit: Jorge Represa