The above then: Genius, or Grotesque?
I think it's kind of amazing.
So, I've been investigating Scientology again lately. Did you know Leonard Cohen was once into the thing? Apparently it was just a rouse for him to pick up chicks. Hmm...
"Cohen’s dislocated situation in New York led him to exploring different sexual, spiritual and pharmaceutical pathways, and one was scientology. In 1968, as he was driving down sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, with Joni Mitchell, she spotted a building with a number of women wearing saris and handing out material. Above the door a large sign which read ”Scientology”. ”What is Scientology?” she asked Cohen. ”Oh, some crackpot religion,” he replied. A few weeks later, he called from New York to say that he’d joined them and that they were going to rule the world. But a few months later, Cohen told Mitchell he was disenchanted and that he’d had some difficulty extricating himself from it. Initially, Scientology offered the goal of a ”clear path”, (”Did you ever go clear?” he asks in ”Famous Blue Raincoat”). Cohen had also heard that it was a good place to meet women. On June 17th, 1968, Cohen received a Scientology certificate awarding him ”Grade IV - release.”