On vacation and reading like mad. Just finished the rediscovered 1965 novel “Stoner” by John Williams. I never heard of Stoner or Williams, but they are now the rage. I loved this book. Have you read it? What do you think?

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  1. Streetglide

    Read it? Nope… Did it? Oh yeah… -L-

    July 9th, 2014 5:23 pm

  2. Dr. Feelgood

    Lowell, if you write an article for the paper, and it is published, do you have any rights to reprint the article, say, on your blog?
    What I’m getting at is- we’re coming up on the anniversary of Dave Dravecky’s comeback game. I have vivid memories of reading your article to my wife in her car on the way to Santa Cruz on, I believe, a Saturday morning. She had to stop and regroup due to the tears. Me too.
    I’ve been following you since.
    Any chance of a reprint?

    July 9th, 2014 8:15 pm

  3. CohnZohn

    Dr. Feelgood, I wrote that article for the Chronicle. I believe they own the rights to it.

    July 9th, 2014 11:50 pm

  4. Frank in Minnesota

    Yes, I remember many of your old articles from the Chron….I guess those cannot be re-printed? Anyway, about that book …I’m going to look for it now…you have me curious…did you like it? Hope it’s available….

    July 10th, 2014 3:17 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    Frank, I liked the book very much.

    July 10th, 2014 3:29 pm

  6. Al

    The book should have been called “Downer”.

    Yes, it is beautifully written, and I know that you share the love and passion for the English language with the author.

    But the beautiful words and sentences are wasted on such a negative, defeating view of life. This is the author’s choice. I admire the words, but not the story.


    P.S. Lowell, I read the book based on your recommendation, and while I did not love it, I’m glad that I read it. Thanks.

    July 10th, 2014 7:49 pm

  7. CohnZohn

    Al, thanks for reading Stoner and thanks for your candid comment.

    July 10th, 2014 10:09 pm

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