Was there ever a more perfect Canada Reads match than Rufus Wainwright and Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers? No.
Sadly, a breaking bulletin from CBC headquarters informs us that Rufus has bailed, due to a ‘scheduling conflict,’ leaving jazzy Molly Johnson to defend the title. Can she do it? According to the release: “It’s a good match, given that I almost named my band, Infidels, Beautiful Losers!” We’re rooting for you Molly.
Of course, Rufus had the bizarro Leonard insights locked up. TOist remembers a Wainwright concert anecdote where the singer opined on living with Cohen’s daughter, Lorca, and waking up one morning to find Leonard meditating on the lawn in a crisply-pressed suit.