When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature a few weeks ago, what surprised me was the number of people who said Leonard Cohen was more deserving.
Now, Cohen is dead. And there is an even more fitting chance to evaluate his contribution to our poetry, music and culture.
For me, he’s a great artist, but one who pales beside the Monadnock of Dylan. Cohen wrote many excellent songs, but for me this is his best. Your mileage may vary, which is why we have comments.