“A pessimist is somebody who is waiting for the rain,” he said.
“Me, I’m already wet.” is the most fun you can have while being told that life is a terrible joke.
His account of writing “I Can’t Forget” reminds me of Hemingway’s solution to creative block: “All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Because Cohen is a published poet and novelist and a limited musician, his grasp of pop music is often underrated, but he was enough of an entertainer to realize that this lyrical pill would require a lot of sweetening in the studio.
The album began to take shape when Jeff Fisher, a keyboardist whom he had met in Montreal, arranged “First We Take Manhattan.” Cohen felt that if these words were couched in “serious Leonard Cohen music,” then they would be intolerable for both him and the listener.
To the extent that is political—with its allusions to racism, inequality and the Shoah—it is the opposite of protest, because protest is futile here. “I got some sense that the thing has been destroyed and is lost and that this world doesn’t exist, and this is the shadow of something, this is the fallout, the residue, the dust of some catastrophe, and there’s nothing to grasp onto,” said Cohen, demonstrating his ability to deliver an answer in an interview that’s as finely turned as a poem.
The album describes the aftermath—a state beyond pessimism or anxiety or hope.
Despite previously saying he had no knowledge of the $130K Stormy Daniels payout, he admitted Thursday morning that Michael Cohen was representing him: "According to what he said on Air Force One, he didn't know about the agreement or about the payment.
We now find out, that is bogus, that was a lie on Air Force One.
“I couldn’t get the words out of my throat,” he said.
So he sat down at the kitchen table, abandoned any pretense to wisdom and began to write one true verse, a twist on Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”: “I stumbled out of bed/I got ready for the struggle/I smoked a cigarette/And I tightened up my gut.” The actress Rebecca De Mornay, who began dating Cohen after , summarized his attitude at the time: “Let’s get down to the truth here.
“My own situation was so disagreeable that most forms of failure hardly touched me,” he said.
“That allowed me to take a lot of chances.” Cohen clawed back his self-respect by telling the truth.
However, the topic that has caught the internet's attention is the Cheeto in Chief's latest take on "fake news." Related: Sean Spicer Introduces Melania Trump's Wax Figure In a long winded rant about the way the media treats him, the Trumpster called out CNN and NBC for being "dishonest." He even took a slight dig at Fox, saying the network doesn't always "treat me great." Still, he conceded that the conservative network treats him "fairly" at least. Be sure to ch-ch-check out the awkwardness for yourself (below)!