The Artist in Turmoil Per Leonard Cohen
KM: It’s a popular theory that an artist must be in conflict and turmoil in order to do good work. Do you think there’s any truth to that?
LC: I think everyone is in conflict and turmoil and I’m suspicious of the tendency to isolate the artist from the rest of the world. I’m not quite sure why they’ve been separated out but it seems that they have been. The artists probably want it that way. It gets them off the hook with their wives.
Leonard Cohen in an interview by Kristine McKenna published in Another Room Magazine, Spring 1985.