Archiv für den Monat: Mai 2020

KW-22-2020: Sonntag, 31. Mai 2020 #breaking news: #CHRISTO_ist_tot – Eine Erinnerung an ein #Kunstwerk_von_Dauer. Foto-Impressionen aus dem Jahre 1995

Fotos: Christof Graf (Quelle: Live Magazin Saar, Nr. 8/ 1995, S. 18)

Christo ist tot. Er verpackte Wahrzeichen auf der ganzen Welt, unter anderem auch den Reichstag in Berlin. Im Juni 1995 pilgerte ich wie Millionen andere auch nach Berlin, um das #Kunstwerk_von_Dauer zu fotografieren. Damals erschienen dazu ein paar Zeilen im LIVE Saar Magazin, Nr. 8, 1995, S. 18

Die einst für 2020 geplante Verhüllung des Triumphbogens in Paris soll nun zwischen dem 18. September und 3. Oktober 2021 realisiert werden.

KW-22-2020: A Foreward by #Leonard_Cohen of Jack Haubner`s: „Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk“ by Shozan Jack Haubner (2013).

Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk whose humorous essays have appeared in Tricycle, Buddhadharma, the Shambhala Sun, and The Sun, as well as in the Best Buddhist Writing series. He  is the winner of a 2012 Pushcart Prize. The events described in his book are true. Shozan’s  name has been changed to protect the innocent.


  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Shambhala (14. Mai 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1611800331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800333


By Way of a Foreword
This is the best account I have ever read of the education of a Zen monk in America.

I was ordained a long while ago. Shortly thereafter my teacher let me know that I was a “pretend monk.” That was true. I was in it for the robes.

Shozan Jack Haubner has trained for more than nine years with a teacher whom I love, on a mountain that I know. Difference is, he is the real deal. He stuck it out while (many years before he arrived) I escaped.

But now this punk of a monk, who should be tending to his own affairs, has decided to infect the real world with his tall tales, and worse, to let the cat out of the bag. And what a sly, dangerous, beautiful, foul-smelling, heartwarming beast it is. We can almost forgive him.

If you are interested in these matters, this is a book you will enjoy. If you want to go a little deeper, this is a book you will need.

—Jikan Leonard Cohen



Dies ist der beste Bericht, den ich jemals über die Ausbildung eines Zen-Mönchs in Amerika gelesen habe.

Ich wurde vor langer Zeit ordiniert. Kurz darauf ließ mich mein Lehrer wissen, dass ich ein „vorgetäuschter Mönch“ war. Das stimmte. Ich war wegen der Roben dabei.

Shozan Jack Haubner trainiert seit mehr als neun Jahren bei einem Lehrer, den ich liebe, auf einem Berg, den ich kenne. Der Unterschied ist, er ist der echte Deal. Er streckte es aus, während ich (viele Jahre vor seiner Ankunft) floh.

Aber jetzt hat dieser Punk eines Mönchs, der sich um seine eigenen Angelegenheiten kümmern sollte, beschlossen, die reale Welt mit seinen großen Geschichten zu infizieren und schlimmer noch, die Katze aus der Tasche zu lassen. Und was für ein schlaues, gefährliches, schönes, übelriechendes, herzerwärmendes Tier es ist. Wir können ihm fast vergeben.

Wenn Sie sich für diese Themen interessieren, ist dies ein Buch, das Ihnen gefallen wird. Wenn Sie etwas tiefer gehen möchten, ist dies ein Buch, das Sie benötigen.

– Jikan Leonard Cohen



“The author’s search to ‘grow into a true human being’ is described with startling metaphors, acute insights, and humor. . . . Haubner’s unorthodox take on the spiritual search, marked by moments of grace, and his strength as an essayist will win over a specific audience willing to accept his dare.”—Publishers Weekly

“This punk of a monk, who should be tending to his own affairs, has decided to infect the real world with his tall tales, and worse, to let the cat out of the bag. And what a sly, dangerous, beautiful, foul-smelling, heart-warming beast it is.”—Leonard Cohen, from the foreword

“This is the funniest, most genuine spiritual memoir I have ever read. It feels odd to call it a memoir, given how it is chock full of genuine Buddhist insight. A must-read, especially for those of us who have been accused of being in gay porn films.”—Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar…

Zen Confidential has a virtue rare in spiritual books, it includes the whole of life. Here we have sex, bathroom customs of the monastery, politics, suicide, drugs, meanness, marriage, standup comedy, Las Vegas, koans and a 105-year-old Zen master.  It’s a window into a magical world that pretends to be ordinary and an ordinary world that is magical. Haubner has an acute eye for the ridiculousness of the world and a larger-than-life way of seeing. It’s a fresh, living account of this kind of Zen in America and of living well and serving the way.” —John Tarrant, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros and Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life

KW-22-2020: Buch-Tip: #Polly_Samson, Frau des #Pink_Floyd-Gitarristen #David_Gilmour schreibt Buch über #Hydra, teilweise in Anlehnung an Leonard Cohen : A Theatre For Dreamers

Polly Samson heiratre 1994 den Gitarristen und Sänger David Gilmour von Pink Floyd. 

A Theatre for Dreamers:

By Polly Samson


  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Circus; Auflage: 01 (2. April 2020)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1526600560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1526600561


An intoxicating novel set on Leonard Cohen’s Hydra in 1960, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades


1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen. Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted,


A surefire summer hit … Feels at once like a gift and an escape route … At once a blissful piece of escapism and a powerful meditation on art and sexuality – just the book to bring light into these dark days (Observer)

Samson is magnificently in control of her subject … Clever and beguiling (Guardian)

Samson is an intensely sensual writer, conjuring up blue skies, the tang of wild herbs, the vivid splash of bougainvillea … As good as a Greek holiday, and may be the closest we get this year (Financial Times)

Spellbinding . An immersive read, steeped in nostalgia. Samson’s poetic prose is so evocative that, by the end, you find yourself googling those entrancing images of Hydra, 1960, just to wallow further in the poignancy of it all (Vanity Fair)

Heady armchair escapism … An impressionistic, intoxicating rush of sensory experience (Sunday Times)

Intoxicating … Highly accomplished … A testament to Samson’s transportive prose (Spectator)

By the end the reader may be unable to decide whether Hydra enchanted or cursed those attracted by its primitive beauty, cheap rents and easy access to sex, drugs and performance poetry . A novel about the treatment of women by artistic men (The Times)

Beautiful … Perfect if you want to escape the drudgery of another lentil dinner and dream of 1960s Hydra with Leonard Cohen

Glorious … Feels like the book the author was born to create (Irish Times)

It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air … Superb work and a delightful novel



KW-21-2020: Klingt, als klinge Leonard Cohen wie Pink Floyd, wenn David Gilmour #So_Long_Marianne spielt: #David_Gilmour on Leonard Cohen again: Theatre For Dreamers and lockdown culture with Mary Beard, on BBC Front Row Late on Thursday 14 May, 2020.

Klingt, als klinge Leonard Cohen wie Pink Floyd, wenn David Gilmour #So_Long_Marianne spielt:

His appearance to discuss A Theatre For Dreamers and lockdown culture with Mary Beard, on BBC Front Row Late on Thursday 14 May, 2020. Also includes David and Romany’s performance of Leonard Cohen’s ‚So Long, Marianne‘.


David Gilmour im Gespräch mit Mary Beard und seiner Frau Polly Samson:

David Gilmour: I became a fan very early on. I love his work. This last couple of years with dolly, going to hydra, has freshened him up enormously in my mind.

Polly Samson: (Lacht) Er hat in den letzten Jahren nichts anderes als Leonard Cohen gehört!

David Gilmour: And he got better and better. There are songs all through his career which are so brilliant.

Mary Beard: Gibt es einen Song abgesehen von“Marianne“, den du besonders hervorheben würdest!

David Gilmour: It’s just too many brillant songs. From the very last album that just came out „Thanks for the Dance“ is just a lovley Song. There is a Song called „Going Home“ there are just to many gorgeous songs. If it be your Will. There so many things where he tends towards religious overtones in some other things he does but didn’t claim to believe really in a god.

Mary Beard: One of my friends said it would be king of nice to hear Leonard Cohen singing Wish You Were Here, wouldn’t it?

David Gilmour: To late for that I think!

KW-21-2020: neuer LEONARD COHEN-bootleg gefunden: Reykjavik 1988 : das Netz spült herrliche Kuriositäten hervor :-) Das Netz spült immer wieder NEUES & KURIOSES nach oben. Diesen Bootleg habe ich tatsächlich noch nie (physisch) gesehen, noch jemals gehört

Das Netz spült immer wieder NEUES & KURIOSES nach oben. Diesen Bootleg habe ich tatsächlich noch nie (physisch) gesehen, noch jemals gehört:

  • Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 2
  • Format: Doppel-CD
  • Label: Leftfield Media
  • ASIN: B087FGZ3KJ



A RARE LEONARD COHEN PERFORMANCE FROM THE ICELANDIC CAPITAL Leonard Cohen s I’m Your Man Tour took place between April and November 1998 and consisted of two legs. The first shows of the tour were held in Germany after Cohen and his band went through a short promotional tour across Europe. The first leg of the tour consisted of 56 shows and ran from April to early July. Besides performing in Germany, concerts were held in Netherland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, England and Ireland. Unusually for a rock or folk music artist, Iceland and Greece also benefitted with Leonard performing in both Athens and Reykjavik. In July, Cohen and his band performed four concerts in the United States, two in New York City, one in Berkeley and one in Los Angeles. The final leg of the tour began in late September with concerts in Canada, and would continue with further shows in the United States. The final concert of the tour was held in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 16th. While many of the shows performed were commended for their excellence by fans and critics alike, it was the concert Cohen performed in the Icelandic capital, at the city s indoor sports arena, Laugardalshöll, with a 5,500-person capacity on June 24th 88, which was generally considered the finest of all. Cohen s version of Hallelujah performed at this very event has often been hailed as his best ever rendition of a song, which he must have played 1,000 times. Previously unavailable this quite surreal recording, made for FM Radio Broadcast, is now available for the first time on this superb 2-CD set. DISC 1 1. Dance Me To The End Of Love 7:44 2. Ain’t No Cure For Love 4:58 3. Who By Fire 6:48 4. Bird On The Wire 7:40 5. I’m Your Man 5:22 6. Sisters Of Mercy/Heart With No Companion 9:37 7. First We Take Manhattan 6:07 8. Avalanche 6:57 9. Chelsea Hotel 4:10 10. Tower Of Song 6:37 11. Stranger Song 5:11 12. Everybody Knows 5:53 13. Joan Of Arc 5:45 DISC 2 1. Story Of Isaac 5:57 2. Hallelujah 7:00 3. Passing Through 6:50 4. Take This Waltz 7:10 5. The Partisan 5:40 6. If It Be Your Will 3:47 7. Coming Back To You 4:01 8. Suzanne 4:06 9. So Long, Marianne 5:12 10. I Can’t Forget 4:08 11. A Singer Must Die 3:26 12. First We Take Manhattan (Second Performance) 6:38 13. Famous Blue Raincoat 6:34 14. I Tried To Leave 9:12 15. Whither Thou Goest 2:27

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