The Corner

A Grand Old Man

Sometimes a legend doesn’t disappoint.  

I went to listen to Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden last night, the first time I’d seen him live, and nearly forty years (that’s how it is) after I first stumbled— ah the nostalgia— across his early albums, but decades since I stopped paying attention to his new releases. Well, let’s just say that I’ll be making up for that lapse in the next few weeks. The performance—as the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones notes, concert is not the right word—was extraordinary, not just for the songs-including those songs–often inventively reworked, or the remarkable backing musicians (a description that doesn’t do begin to them justice) but for the spectacle of Mr. Cohen himself, playing with his own–let’s face it–somewhat dour image, and visibly drawing strength from the audience’s delight as the evening wore on, an elegant, generous, self-deprecating saturnine charmer at 78, still in so love—there’s a thing— with words.

Yes, 78!  Hallelujah (so to speak).

Try to catch the tour if you can. Really.

Most Popular

Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More