Who was all this pop circus fuss about? Leonard Cohen: an elderly folk singer who honed his chops in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village and Montreal; an ex-monk of a Californian Zen order; the "grocer of despair" of Seventies singer-songwriters; the man who by the mid-Eighties was considered by Columbia Records' then-honcho Walter Yetnikoff to be too much of a has-been to warrant the distribution of his new recordings in the United States.
"One if the central guiding concepts when it comes to Japanese food is, if you think something may not be up to standard, then it’s no good. Sushi has a lot of paranoia associated with it – if you’re not paranoid when it comes to sushi, then there’s a problem."
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach hates pornography, yet he publishes his writings in Playboy. He derides reality TV, yet he hosts one of the genre’s biggest hits. Rabbi Shmuley, as he is called, has been a mainstay in the public eye for about 20 of his 39 years, so it’s no wonder that shmuley.com sports a huge logo at the top with the words America’s Rabbi. Despite much criticism to the contrary, Boteach claims that he does not seek fame. “Celebrity is a very noxious disease,” he says.
The past two years have been a whirlwind for Eliezer "Laizy" Shapira. As the air date for the finale of the first season of Srugim approaches, the Yes hit's cocreator, cowriter and director is busying himself with business matters, negotiating the terms of an international export version of Season 1 and talking with Channel 2 executives about syndicating reruns in the coming months.
Making an appearance early on in the set list was "Thick as a Brick," which thankfully received the ten-minute progressive jam treatment, rather than the three-minute radio edit one. The band was tight and skilled, giving the impression that they were holding back on the improvisations that they are capable of as a unit.