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Friday, November 11, 2016

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen


As everyone knows, Leonard Cohen, the legendary, Canadian singer-songwriter, has passed away.  It’s a day to listen to his music and/or read some of his poetry.  

A recent issue of The New Yorker had a great article about him:   http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/17/leonard-cohen-makes-it-darker?mbid=social_twitter

It is not surprising that the man who became an iconic, world-renowned songwriter began his career as a poet.  Literary Hub has an article with some of his poems and you can even hear him recite a few:  http://lithub.com/the-words-and-work-of-leonard-cohen/#.

And because this is Remembrance Day, it’s appropriate to listen to Cohen recite “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, another Canadian poet:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKoJvHcMLfc

Cohen was also a novelist.  Schatje’s Shelves has a copy of his books, Beautiful Losers, which I have never read.  Today is perhaps the day to do so.