Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen Audiobook, by Eric Lerner Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Eric Lerner Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549173936

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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.

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  • “As both men aged, they continued to be inspirational forces in each other’s lives, affectionately referring to each other as ‘Old Boy.’ Lerner’s descriptions of Cohen’s last days are moving…Lerner’s tender, moving memoir reveals Cohen as a devoted friend and father, a side of him not often seen in public.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “An affectionate, closely observed memoir…A sensitive portrait of a sly, charming, complicated man.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “A remarkably intimate and insightful portrait of one of the world’s greatest songwriters—but more than that, a genuine and moving chronicle of friendship, spiritual aspiration, aging, and love.”

    - Alan Light, author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’
  • "Matters of Vital Interest is a portrait of a decades-long friendship, and the vision of Leonard Cohen that emerges from it is much like the persona he invents in his songs—seductive, knowing, hyper-articulate, not always likable but always fascinating. More than a foil,Lerner is the singer’s partner in crime, spiritual questing, and, until Leonard Cohen’s death, sheer survival. They are brothers, and this is their story, told from the heart.”

    - Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life

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About the Author

Eric Lerner, over a long career, has written a memoir of his early adventures in Buddhism, edited the off-the-wall journal Zero, was credited as writer and producer on the movies Bird on a Wire, Augustus, and Kiss the Sky, and written several novels, including Pinkerton’s Secret: The Original Manuscript.

About the Narrator

L. E. Modesitt Jr. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.