By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores eac...more
i have tried to review this book on four separate occasions. for some reason, this is one of the most diffcult books for me to defend to others and to justify to myself.
on the one hand, it's leonard cohen. enough said.
on the other hand, i can be objective when it comes to him. dear heather is a crap album. there, i said it. i'm sorry, but the world did not need a 9/11 song from him, it is terrible terrible terrible.
on the other hand, it's leonard cohen.
you see my plight? as a pi...more
I feel about her as many of my readers must feel about pretty Negresses who sit across from them in the subway, their thin hard legs shooting down from what pink secrets. (p17)
Why is it only now, years past, my prick rises up at the vision of her standing there so absurdly painted, her breasts dark as eggplants, her face resembling Al Jolson? (p18)
drops book forever
He gave me headache.
This has to be explained.
When I was 5 years old my mum was a teacher in a small nursery school somewhere on the mountains. Having not the money for hiring a babysitter and being myself more or less the same age of her schoolkids I was joining her on Saturdays, when my school was closed.
At that time -1987- most of the Italian radio stations were hard to catch on the mountains we were heading to.
Still, the Fiat Uno of my parents cou...more
Beautiful Losers captures two distinct historical periods and myriad tensions that threaten to tear them apart. In t...more
Cunts are a forest of pricks where saints and seekers exchange dirty luminescent fluids in microscopes of madhouses stitched together, and shattered, and stitched together again by tidal sways in the eternal machinery of the ever-loving Mothers.
Inspired farrago? Result of not wearing a hat in the hot Mediterranean sun? Masturbation fantasy of beatitude? Hippy dipshit revolutionary nonsense failing to revolutionize? Jews for Jesus dream of Heaven?
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in...more
I'll try to break it down. This was by far the strangest and most uninhibited thing that I have ever read. I felt as though I had never read a book before. C...more
There are times when you rate a book one star because it didn't click with you, but you can respect other people for liking it.
There are times -- okay I have to stop here, because I'll just quote my philosophy teacher instead. "Cohen's laughing at you when you read, this, man! He probably churned it off during some extended hookah sessio...more
My completely random musings on Beautiful Losers, not to be mistaken for my otherwise musings which tend to actually have some through line.
Humans are at their core all animalistic. It is society which shapes us, lacquers us, and tells us to hide those natures like a dirty little secret. This book is completely unapologetically sensual. Completely uninhibited which, amusingly, is probably why I like it so much.
There is way too many microscopic sexual definitions out there. Why is it that we, a...more
I love the poems Man, and I love the lyrics, (and I especially love the club, E & C) and though pieces of it are absolutely stunning, I am no...more
The book jacket tells me this book is about a love triangle lived out in a hell that is an apartment in Montreal. I am not sure that is true. If this is hell, it is not Dante's hell. It is not Sartre's hell. It is a disjointed, incomplete and unfinished hell.
The Catholic Saint Kateri Tekakawitha...more
This book was strange - at first I wanted to hate it, to be bored by the leaping into the past and the Algonquins and the endless fucking and wailing...more
When I picked up the book, I expected it to be melancholy, spiritual and deep. And at times it is very sad, at times it is spiritual. It’s funny at some parts and grotesque at others. But most importantly, it is bizarre. Leonard Cohen has the amazing gift of talking about shit and making it sound like poetry (which he literally does in this book). So when I’m reading about the “telephone dance”, about animated sex toys that...more
I read this in college, at about the same time as I first gave "Songs Of Love and Hate" a spin.
It's sort of strange to think of it now, having these two bizarre (not a word I take lightly) and manaical texts as my introduction to Sad-Eyed-Lenny of the Lowlands.
I'm now a huge fan and I can't shake the magic spell of his music no matter how hard I try to (I don't try very hard). His music puts me in a trance-state, he's a first run songwriter and a poet with real skill: a unique voice, an exce...more
"Jealousy is the education you have chosen"
"Ordinary eternal machi...more
As it is, though, well, he’s Leonard Cohen, and if that doesn’t mean anything to you there are records you must listen to and words you must transcribe until there are corners of your mind full of god, sex, death and sadness, and obscure, melancholy jokes about all of the above. He’s a bit special like that. He writes hymns that are to both gods and bodie...more
I "borrowed" an old edition from a bookshelf in the hall of my college's English department. Graduated. Still hadn't finished reading it.
This spring, I finished it on the subway and immediately turned back to the beginning. The second time around, I wrote down all the page numbers of all my favorite excerpts as I went along. I must copy them out at some point.
Before writing this review, I read some others, and sarah said pretty much what I was thinking: "I appreciate this book not for the sum...more
That book is insane! I hate it and I love it at the same time.
But is probably one of the best books I've ever read.
Cohen is a genius and as Kurt Cobain said : "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld so I can sigh eternally."
Beautiful Losers. Indeed there...more
Found it difficult and easy to read at the same time. Difficult because of certain forms of the experimental prose, the abundance of sex, the subject matter (particular in regards to the two native women). Easy because a lot of it was very funny, impertinent and there were moments that were beautifully written.
Most of the time I felt I was grasping for the connection bet...more
Are there songwriters that can be good novelists? Maybe good poets, but most often not. I bet there are a lot of songwriters with ambitions of writing novels, but then they lay those ideas out, and those few passages whi...more
Nonetheless, this book is a unique collection of beautiful ramblings regarding love. Disturbing, depressing, obsessive love. It's confusing and complex until the very end when Cohen wraps up all of his little plots. The love in this book is conveyed a lot in relation...more
Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone. The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his inf...more