Matters of Vital Interest

A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.05 hours)
Product Number: Z100141832
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781549176210
Narrator/s: William Dufris
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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A memoir of the author's decades-long friendship and spiritual bromance with late singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen When Leonard Cohen passed away in late 2016, he left 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 where the two quickly bonded. The pair lost touch for a time, but, ten years later, they picked up right where they left off and became practically inseparable. A powerful commitment to zen practices flowed through their friendship and allowed it to become ever deeper over time. Over the years the two shared a house and helped each other through the pains of divorce, the joys of raising children, and the ups and downs of the writing life. These two friends helped guide one another through life's myriad obstacles, and now that journey will be told from a new perspective for the first time. Well-written, funny, revealing, self-aware, and grounded, Matters of Vital Interest is a charming memoir about Lerner's relationship with his lifelong friend. His views of Cohen are unique, warm, and often funny, and in recounting these tales he reveals a touching portrait of what a deep bond between two men can truly be. Offering further insight into Cohen's idiosyncratic style, his dignified life, the way he was deeply informed by his spiritual practices, and his sensibility as a poet first, musician second, Lerner allows readers to understand a new facet of this fascinating man through the eyes of his closest friend, and in so doing continue his legacy as a captivating persona the likes of which we may never see again.

Author(s): Eric Lerner
Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018

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Author(s): Eric Lerner
Product Number EB00719768
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780738285009

Professional reviews

"Novelist, screenwriter, and producer Eric Lerner offers this deeply personal remembrance of his forty-year friendship with Leonard Cohen. William Dufris's narration is affectionate, understanding, intelligent, and, above all, completely believable. Lerner and Cohen met at a Buddhist retreat, where the two began a friendship that lasted until Cohen's death in 2016. Speaking with honesty and sensitivity, Dufris illuminates Lerner's portrait of the singer-songwriter-poet, allowing listeners to see this music icon as a loving family man who would rather be remembered as a good father, a man on a spiritual quest, and a loyal friend than as a public figure. Dufris does wonderful work, particularly when delivering the two men's conversations, which are faithfully reproduced by Lerner in this clear-eyed look at friendship and life's complexities. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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