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by John Cody

An elegy for Leonard Cohen

By John Cody

In what seems like the strangest and most cruel twist of fate in many years, we not so unexpectedly, but in a most unprepared way, lost one of our greatest writers. Leonard Cohen’s death was announced two days after an overqualified woman lost to a overly tanned demagogue in what feels like the most significant threat to the free world in last week’s U.S. election. It brings to mind one of my favourite Cohen songs, “Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A.”  Continue reading “An elegy for Leonard Cohen”

What can you say about a colour?

By John Cody

We accept a few things universally, like red means stop, green means go, yellow means go faster and, in the words of John Lennon, “the sun is up, the sky is blue.” Did you know that purple is the colour of contrition? I got a purple guitar once and I named it “Contrition,” like B.B. King named his “Lucille.” I wanted to make people feel sorry for every note I played on that goddamned thing in a really good way. Why? Because Prince did it, and that’s the only thing that, across the board, people seem to agree on about the colour purple. Purple means Prince. Continue reading “What can you say about a colour?”

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