Open Thread with Memories of Leonard Cohen

Recently deceased poet/musician Leonard Cohen features for this week’s Open Thread, because I’m finding some of his lyrics rather comforting right now. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over the next few weeks (election-specific stuff belongs on the dedicated Open Election Thread though, thank you kindly).

Photograph of an elderly pale-skinned man, wearing a suit and hat, singing into a microphone while playing a guitar.

Leonard Cohen performing in 2008 [By Rama (Own work) [CeCILL ( or CC BY-SA 2.0 fr (], via Wikimedia Commons]

So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful?
Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting?
What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne’er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to?

* Netiquette footnotes:
* There is no off-topic on the Weekly Open Thread, but consider whether your comment would be on-topic on any recent thread and thus better belongs there.
* If your comment touches on topics known to generally result in thread-jacking, you will be expected to take the discussion to #spillover instead of overshadowing the social/circuit-breaking aspects of this thread.

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4 comments for “Open Thread with Memories of Leonard Cohen

  1. November 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    The ongoing joke in my family was that the reason I was kind of dark and morbid was a direct result of my dad playing me Leonard Cohen songs in place of lullabies as a baby.

  2. angryqat
    November 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Received a fairly offensive email from a colleague this week. We are both doctoral students in a ‘Learning how to teach course’ and we were assigned to the same group to develop a rubric. He sent an email to entire group and prof pointing out how disruptive and unreasonable. Here is a portion of the email:
    I understand that you want to tailor the rubrics to your own presentation but this is getting unreasonable. At this point you have either not understood what was requested (and what we agreed on Wednesday) or are being purposely disruptive.

    It gets worse from there. Debating what I want to do. The prof wants a compromise.

  3. EG
    November 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Leonard Cohen. Man. I love his voice, I love his songs. It’s 2016, and the hits just keep on coming. Oh, did I say “hits”? I meant “gutpunches.”

    I just. This week.

    I don’t even know what to say.

  4. November 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hello everyone – we’re back! Silly server was having a hissy fit but I’ve patted it and stroked it and called it George and it seems to have calmed down again. Fingers crossed.

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