Shuffle Theme of the Week: Dark Humor
This week’s theme immediately made me think of Leonard Cohen. He has been one of my life long favorite artists. The humor in his song writing and poetry is self deprecatory, dark and deeply ironic at times, such as in Democracy.
For me his song You Want it Darker, recorded just before death was a perfect example of his dark humor. An article in The Dartmouth put it well,"While the work is gloomy, it isn’t depressing or fatalistic. He meditates on God and death with a characteristic wry humor unique to someone who knew death was coming”
The last thing I will share about this is a clip of Cohen reading part of the foreword he wrote for one of his books of poems that was translated into Chinese. It’s called a note to The Chinese Reader. I think it also illustrates his beautiful dark humor.