“Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

- Leonard Cohen in his final letter to Marianne Ihlen, July 2016

Everybody has experienced the defeat of their lives. Nobody has a life that worked out the way they wanted it to work out. We all begin as the hero of our own dramas, in centre stage, and inevitably life moves us out of centre stage, defeats the hero, overturns the plot and the strategy and we’re left on the sidelines, wondering why we no longer have a part, or want a part, in the whole damn thing. So everybody’s experienced this. When it’s presented to us sweetly, the feeling goes from heart to heart and we feel less isolated and we feel part of the great human chain, which is really involved with the recognition of defeat.
—  Leonard Cohen on why people enjoy listening to melancholy songs. From a BBC radio interview in 2007.
Last week was bad, but some small, good things still happened.

Television: Like a female superhero reaching No. 1.

Supergirl goes up, up, and away to No. 1 for the first time ever.
Saturday Night Live rises to No. 11 after last week’s warm-hearted cold opening.

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Movies: Or how a new movie so many are excited to see is about to come out.

⬇︎ Beauty and the Beast and Chip and Gaston and Mrs. Potts and Lumiere and Maurice fall six to No. 8.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets debuted at No. 15 after teasing us with a trailer.

Music: Or the fact that music will live forever, even if the artist has passed.

Leonard Cohen’s (No. 4) passing was a sad point during an already sad week. He’ll be terribly missed.
Childish Gambino dropped his latest single just weeks after season one of Atlanta ended. He’s a busy guy.

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Celebrities: And babies are still being born.

Kate McKinnon (No. 1) dressed as Hillary and sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen on SNL. It was weird, sad, good magic.
Jared Padalecki (No. 6) is about to become a Dad-alecki again. Congrats to him and his wife, Fake Ruby!

Games: And games are still being released.

Mass Effect: Andromeda returns at No. 7 after news it will be released come 2017.
⬇︎ Is this the end? Pokémon Go has reached an all time low at No. 15.

Web stuff: And people are raising money for those who need it.

Homestuck fans, rejoice! Your favorite comic is sitting tight at No. 2.
⬇︎ Achievement Hunter helped raise $895K for a children’s hospital and rightfully rose nine whole spots to No. 6.

I saw you this morning.
You were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In my secret life.

I smile when I’m angry.
I cheat and I lie.
I do what I have to do
To get by.
But I know what is wrong,
And I know what is right.
And I’d die for the truth
In my secret life.

—  Leonard Cohen