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Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen

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A memoir of the author's decades-long friendship and spiritual journey with the late singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen passed away in late 2016, leaving behind many who cared for and admired him, but perhaps few knew him better than longtime friend Eric Lerner. Lerner, a screenwriter and novelist, first met Cohen at a Zen retreat forty years earlier. Their friendship helped guide each other through life's myriad obstacles, a journey told from a new perspective for the first time.

Funny, revealing, self-aware, and deeply moving, Matters of Vital Interest is an insightful memoir about Lerner's relationship with his friend, whose idiosyncratic style and dignified life was deeply informed by his spiritual practices. Lerner invites readers to step into the room with them and listen in on a lifetime's ongoing dialogue, considerations of matters of vital interest, spiritual, mundane, and profane. In telling their story, Lerner depicts Leonard Cohen as a captivating persona, the likes of which we may never see again.

Author: Eric Lerner
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Published: 10/16/2018
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.80w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780306902703

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/23/2018
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2018
Library Journal 10/15/2018 pg. 62

About the Author
Over a long career Eric Lerner has written a memoir of his early adventures in Buddhism; edited the off-the-wall journal Zero; was credited as writer and producer on the movies Bird on a Wire, Augustus, and Kiss the Sky; and has written several novels, including Pinkerton's Secret: The Original Manuscript.

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