lundi 14 novembre 2016
Traumatized by his circumcision, Leonard Cohen prefers the Twist!
At 9 years old, at his father's death, Leonard performs a neurotic ritual in which he unconsciously takes a symbolical revenge for his circumcision.
“I went to his closet and I found a premade bow tie. I DON'T KNOW WHY I DID THIS,... BUT I CUT ONE OF THE WINGS OF THE BOW TIE OFF and I wrote something on a piece of paper—I think it was some kind of farewell to my father—and I buried it in a little hole in the back yard. And I put that curious note in there. . . . It was just some attraction to a ritual response to an impossible event.”
We may also think that his words as an adult: "a ritual response" do not only allude to the impossible event" of his dad's death, but also to that of the ritual crime. All the more since, according to his poem Takanawa prince hotel, Cohen seems to be opposed to circumcision: