What’s true is music is true for art is true for fiction. Cohen is spot on here:
“How did I ever get into this racket? I dunno! What am I exactly doing in it? I don’t know. I haven’t got a clue. I think it just comes down to nudging the guy next to you and saying, ‘That’s the way, isn’t it?’ They can either agree or not agree.”
This is exactly what my favorite writing does—it touches something you already know, whether or not you’re aware of it. The quiet bell of recognition sounds, and you relax: Yes, this is the way it is. And no matter how terrible that ‘way’ may be, at least you are not alone in knowing it, in feeling it.