On the Beauty of Sherbrooke Street

Protagonist Lawrence Breavman, on the beauty of streets like Sherbrooke Street in Montreal:

But he knew the street was beautiful for other reasons. Because you’ve stores and people living in the same buildings. When you’ve got only stores, especially modern-fronted ones, there is a terrible stink of cold money-grabbing. When you’ve got only houses, or rather when the houses get too far from the stores, they exude some poisonous secret, like a plantation or an abattoir.

From The Favorite Game, by Leonard Cohen (published 1963).

Published in: on July 26, 2010 at 8:07 am  Leave a Comment  

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