The Man Next Door
eBook (ePub), 117 Pages
In those days, it was easy to join the revolution. You could sign up on any street corner where you could also find like-minded children with similar weird hair and clothes. I had been in the streets a lot that year, marching for this and shouting slogans against that. The future would sort itself out, as simple as breathing. In 1966, when I was fifteen years old, I saw Leonard Cohen sing The Stranger Song on Canadian television. Not long afterwards, I took the subway downtown and bought a book of his poetry. Magic was afoot.
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Jun 28, 2017That most unusual of things -- a plot-driven memoir. And as in so many of the most important stories coming out of this period -- late 20th/early 21st century -- you’re never sure, like the narrator, whether the story is even happening at all. Poetic and paranoid, this narrative is slight in the telling and huge in resonance. Perhaps. That’s the beauty of it. Cohen’s is a walk-on part, but he keeps walking on, with a weird and synchronous persistence; there seems a sort of quantum entanglement between the two of them, and what lies behind it becomes the plot question as Cohen expands until he’s almost the main character - along with Diamond, of course, who can never quite get past this man who keeps walking into her life, without it ever being quite clear why -- what she is to him or what he is to her. Or, even, what he is. As a protagonist he is more mysterious than Gatsby, and possibly with even darker connections. But we don’t know -- knowing is probably not a condition Diamond can... More > ever aspire to about the questions in her mind. But it’s that irresolution and ambiguity that makes this so much a tale for our times. The writing is subtle, spare, nuanced, and the narrative moves forward it simultaneously moves backwards in time and into some strange blanks in Diamond’s childhood - a fascinating story, dark, analeptic, beautifully told.< Less
Dec 26, 2016Happy New Year Ann I will look forward to your insights on Leonard post mortem, in the new updated manuscript. "The Man Next Door" I found to be a riveting read. I read it over a weekend chasing trains on my way back and forth to my psychiatric job. I have had a secret obsession since the mid sixties with Cohen. in 1966 when Ann Diamond saw Leonard sing The Stranger Song; I was living in a dorm surrounded by works of poetry "Let Us Compare Mythologies" was my favorite in 1966 I was questioning everything about my own personal identity..having just escaped 7 years in a convent. I had now ascended into "Indentured Servitude". I was a second year nursing student obsessed with the study of psychology and philosophy. I saw in Leonard's writing a version of my own soul When I began listening to him in song I was forever enthralled. I have seen him 3 times in concert. I am a life long member of his official fan-club. I have read just about eveything posted on... More > Leonard and I own a full collection of his CDs. I understand those early times that Ann wrote about in her book ..I was part of that same revolution. I submerged myself also in sensory deprivation tanks to try and figure our my altered states. Ann Diamond is the first writer to be so brave as to allow the reader inter her private world and her bond with Leonard Cohen is hard not to be curious about. I found a new 'religion' based on reading the words of such a master..it never occured to me that one day I would meet Ann Diamond in person, And that is really when I began to admire her work. I feel embarrassed almost for dianne lawrence for writing such scathing comments. No depth at all to her superficial ramblings and its pathetic to me when one woman seeks attention by putting down the unique writings of another. Not certainly the style of Ann Diamond who openly supports the creative works of so many. It was refreshing to me to know the simplicity of Cohen as well as his many complexities< Less
Nov 19, 2016I will be revising THE MAN NEXT DOOR over the coming days and weeks. It couldn't be finished while Leonard was alive, for many reasons. Now I think it can. I've received many comments from readers, some positive, some negative, some polite. I've copied a few of them below. Readers comments: << it is a most unique book , from a most unique perspective , and shines a light in the dark - there is nothing like it. I found it all compelling, never bored, no urge to skip, held by the words on every page. Things I have wondered about LC, from the things dropped in his songs, things he has said fell into place .>> -- JIM FRIESON, Japan .........."Well done. And timely. "Manufacturing the Dead Head" over at Gnostic Media and Dave McGowan's work and now your work are all meshing like a perfectly synchronized Rolex Submariner wrist watch. --- Agent Rooster Cogburn ........... "Fascinating insight from that period from Ann Diamond, as usual." --- Kitty Hundal... More > ........“Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers." --- Anonymous ....... "The ending will shock you." -- Ellen Atkin< Less
Apr 19, 2015This is a memoir, written somewhat like a journal about life with and around the singer Leonard Cohen. It has a unique, orignal perspective, sometimes on the periphery and sometimes up close and personal... I love the mans music so the book intrigued me with its unusal view into his life. I admire her for putting into words what she lived and saw....Diamond isn't claiming to be a literary genius, she's simply giving us her thoughts, feelings, and telling it like it was. WHICH i truly appreciated. Kudos to Ann Diamond!
Jan 19, 2015It has one star because there isn't an option to give it zero stars. A good writer knows they are in trouble if their story is overpopulated with the word "I". "I" and "I'd" appear at least three or four times in every paragraph. Her description of her thoughts and impressions are bone dry, like reading someones journal, fascinating only to them and maybe a friend or two. Her observations veer off in all directions. Clearly the book did not have a disciplined editor, if any. Ms. Diamond has a theory that Leonard Cohen has been co-opted by brain washing government operatives and that he has engaged in dark and nefarious activities throughout his career and like any good paranoid, all observations point to this reality. But the book is based on her memories which in other venues has been questioned and debunked. It might make an interesting and amusing science fiction premise but even then, not engaging enough to pull in any sci fi fans. This book simply... More > has the creepy tone of an obsessive fan who has found a way to link her name to her obsession.< Less
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