featherproof_booksThe narrator’s voice, Leonard Cohen’s own voice, comments at the story’s end: “Myself, I long for love and light / but must it come so cruel and oh, so bright?” This fiery, passionate consumption is a kind of holiness but holy fire more often does not come so cruel and bright. Holy fire is a restrained fire. It is the fire of "Les Maîtres Fous," the fire which refrains from burning those in the trance, those who have become something else entirely, something holy and protected. Holy fire respects the protected.
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