An interviewer once asked singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen about his “concerns.” “Leaning forward, picking up steam as he spoke, Cohen replied. ‘I’m bothered,’ he said, ‘when I get up in the morning, my real concern is to discover whether or not I’m in a state of grace. And I make this investigation, and if I’m not in a state of grace, I try to go to bed.’ ” — Ruth Rosen