The Ultimate Mr. Cool, Leonard Cohen is back doing another world tour. Singer, songwriter, artist and poet, he is extremely multi-talented.  I grew up listening to his music as my mom was a big fan of his. My friends got a kick out of it, calling it old-fashioned among other things. Imagine my surprise, but even more the surprise of my friends, when the movie starring Mel Gibson and Gloria Hawn, Bird on a Wire came out, and Leonard Cohen did the song of that movie. Suddenly my friends thought he was great!. They wanted to listen to all his older stuff, which I loved.



A few weeks ago I was at a Salvation Army thrift store looking for older, out of print and first edition books. I never really thought much of Leonard Cohen being an author and artist til I came across Book of Longing.



Even more surprising to me was when I opened the book and found this inscription. I was curious to find out if it was genuine and began to sleuth. I contacted friends, who contacted friends, who contacted…well you get the picture. I was finally introduced to a young man who is a personal acquaintance of Mr. Cohen and he had it authenticated. In Toronto, at a book store there, Mr. Cohen had signed several copies of the Book of Longing that had been preordered. This turns out to be one of those books. I was tickled!

The Book of Longing includes many of Leonard Cohen’s poems and drawings. They really show how multi-talented this man is. A great book.


Finding little gems like this makes it even more fun to go to thrift stores and used book stores. You just never know what you are going to find




I corresponded with a famous rabbi

but teacher caught sight of one of my letters     

and silenced me.

“Dear Rabbi,” I wrote him for the last time,

“I do not have the authority or understanding

to speak of these matters.

I was just showing off.

Please forgive me.

Your Jewish brother,

                                                                       Jikan Eliezer

Please forgive me

Your Jewish brother,

Jikan Elizar.