Buy Some Right Now

I’ve mentioned this before. Leonard Cohen plans to take up smoking again when he turns 80.

“I’m really looking forward to this moment,” the man in the black suit and rakish fedora says, slowly and conspiratorially, the same way that he sings. “A young nurse in a white uniform, white lisle stockings, carrying a pack of cigarettes on a silver tray, will walk across the stage … and the pack will be opened. It will be gleaming, like those pillars of the Parthenon”; of course it will. And the man will pull out a cigarette and tap it on his wrist, like he they did in the movies he saw as a kid, in Montreal. “And she’ll light me up. Yeah,” he says, taking a long, deep inhale. A pause. A slow smile crosses his face. “It’s going to be so good.”

Who else could this be but Leonard Cohen, at a recent concert in Kentucky, confiding with a large audience his plan to resume smoking on his 80th birthday. I first heard him talk about it – before it became honed and polished into one of his droll, Rat Pack-rabbi lines – a year and a half ago in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home – a remarkably modest duplex in an unremarkable neighbourhood that he shares with his daughter Lorca and her daughter (by the musician Rufus Wainwright) Viva. Cohen, dressed off stage as on in a dark suit and fedora, was rustling up a couple of lattes on an espresso machine, which he served, in the most elegant manner, in two of those cheap, promotional coffee mugs that companies give out – in this case promoting Cohen’s 1993 album The Future.

That’ll be on 21 September 2014. It ought to be a televised event, but it won’t be, of course. It’ll be a symbolic event.

But what if he doesn’t make it that far? If I was him, I head out and buy a pack right now, just in case.

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15 Responses to Buy Some Right Now

  1. Junican says:

    So he is prepared to wait until 2014! At his age, he should know that time is relative. The age destruction of his body is accelerating. There is no time to lose. Do it now!

    • garyk30 says:

      You and I are old enough to know that putting something off for months is very chancy, at best.

      Note:am on holiday and using cellphone for internet connection.
      Keypad is stupidly small.
      Do not see how kids can text so rapidly. :(

      • highstump says:

        “Do not see how kids can text so rapidly.”
        I have learned while exchanging texts with my kids that punctuation, spelling, and grammar are not all that important anymore. That speeds things up a bit.

  2. garyk30 says:

    A pleasure put off, is a pleasure lost.
    If something is worth doing, do it immediately.

    Like the part about tb e pretty gal. :)

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Reaching for the stars……………………

    Pioneering study claims THIRD-HAND smoke causes significant damage to our DNA – and its danger increases over time

    Research claims – for the first time ever – that third-hand smoke causes significant damage to human cells
    Third-hand smoke is the toxic residue that clings to surfaces after second-hand smoke has disappeared
    The study also found that this residue becomes MORE harmful over time–danger-increases-time.html

    Thirdhand smoke fever – another example of prejudice and propaganda
    Friday February 12, 2010
    Chris Snowdon, author of Velvet Glove Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking, explains the “science” behind the latest anti-smoking scaremongering

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoking ban rebutt

    Last Updated: 4:15 AM, June 23, 2013
    Posted: 12:19 AM, June 23, 2013

    Mayor Bloomberg got a message all the way from Wyoming this week: Butt out!

    Months after prohibiting it, the city of Casper is now telling smokers it’s OK to light up in some public spaces.

    The City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to repeal part of an indoor smoking ban in effect since September. The vote lifted the ban for bars but kept it in place for restaurants.

    Bar owners had complained they were losing business to competitors in nearby towns. Repeal supporters said the ban was an example of government getting too involved in civic life, citing Bloomberg’s efforts to ban super-sized soft drinks.

  5. Tony says:

    Off topic- A question to BrianB:

    In comments on Frank’s post yesterday, you mentioned that:
    “the number of heart attacks in Scotland (for 2011/12) is 16% higher than in the year before the smoking ban”
    I’ve been trying to find the figures but no success so far. Do you have a link to hand?

    BTW I was too busy reading the comments yesterday to add my own thoughts but I broadly agree with Frank and Brian. But I liked MJM and Rose’s comments too. So perhaps the best route is to attack their weak territory and at the same time burrow under the citadel whilst avoiding a direct frontal assault for now.

    • Tony, I haven’t had time to dive back in there and read/consider everything carefully yet, but one way in which I *do* believe the citadel can be strongly and successfully attacked at this point is through attacking its funding. Some of the Antismoking Machine runs on idealism, and some on neuroticism, but its main fuel is money. We won a MAJOR victory a year ago in the US when we beat a 5,000,000 vote California tax proposition by about 10,000 votes … about a quarter of one percent. The Antis were absolutely apoplectic: they were SURE they had it in the bag by staging it as the lungs of the Little Children against Big Bad Tobacco. They’d forgotten about our little wing of activist smokers that alerted the public to the true nature of the vote on hundreds of news boards and blogs and websites.

      We stopped the Antismokers from winning EIGHT HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR in prize money with that vote.

      Needless to say, they weren’t very happy. Glantz looked around for a target and created a bunch of nonsense about the Tea Party being a secret plot of Big Tobacco. LOL! He used a half million dollar of cancer research money to spin his fairy tale and it was SO bad that the granting organization itself came down on our side: it does NOT help their donation pool when they’re seen as taking millions of dollars away from curing cancer in children and giving it to Glantz et al to play their money games with.

      Take that fuel away from the Citadel and it’ll get so cold in the winter that 90% of its troops will desert!

      – MJM

      • Frank Davis says:

        I had a small hand in defeating Prop 29 (at Smokervoter’s request)! And Stan came after me too, giving me a page of my own on their Tobacco Tick-tocks site.

        I was reading today that Chancellor George Osborne has been squeezing UK government departments hard. But I’ve yet to hear that ASH and CRUK and the rest of our fake charities have had their funding slashed. And while they’re still get government funding, we aren’t really doing any ‘austerity’ at all. But I think it will eventually happen.

        • beobrigitte says:

          I was reading today that Chancellor George Osborne has been squeezing UK government departments hard. But I’ve yet to hear that ASH and CRUK and the rest of our fake charities have had their funding slashed.

          I, too, am waiting to hear that austerity measures include getting rid of these tax money drains.
          The revival of traditional ENGLISH pubs would be good for business and would create quite a number of jobs as well as happy voters.

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