Book Club – “Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words”
Happy 75th birthday, Joni Mitchell! Here, the legendary Canadian troubadour on love, maturity and aging in the spotlight.
Pave paradise and put up a retirement home? Not quite, but in Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, a collection of interviews by journalist Malka Marom with the legendary Canadian troubadour beginning in the 1970s, Mitchell discusses love, aging and finding meaning.
Our five favourite quotes:
1. “‘What do you talk about with an old lover?’ That’s what Leonard [Cohen] said to me (when) I went out to dinner with him one time. He was always hard to talk to. We were briefly romantically involved, but … there wasn’t much relationship other than the boudoir.”
2. “I’m still searching for meaning and purpose. You know, people have a funny idea that success, (that) luxury is the end of the road. That’s not the end at all. As matter of fact many troubles begin there. They’re just of a different nature.”
3. “I see women with facelifts that are horrible and they’re delusional. They really think they look nice. Me, I have to think: I look awful, and rise above it and forget what I look like. (laughs) “I was always on the cusp of beauty. Some thought I was, some thought I wasn’t.”