A couple of blogs ago I raised concerns about some words
said by Leonard Cohen in an interview published in the
January 3 Listener. They were so similar—the first 27 were
identical—to words said by Cohen in a 1978 Rolling Stone
interview that I wondered aloud about their provenance.
Guy Somerset, arts & books editor of the Listener, has
phoned me this morning to say that the writer, Clive
Simmons, has assured him that the words in question were
indeed said by Cohen to him during their interview last
year: I accept that assurance and apologize unreservedly to
Clive for any offence he might have taken at what I wrote
and any imputation thereby arising. I was wrong. Cohen
does indeed have, as I found it hard to believe, the 'freakish
ability to repeat virtually word for word something he said
30 years ago.’ Guess I should have realized that singers
live by remembering all their words. Sorry, Clive.