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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Mea Culpa

In my Monday column about the Giants, twice I wrote that the Dodgers had no outs in the top of the 5th when Dee Gordon scored from third on an Adrian Gonzalez strikeout. The Dodgers had one out. I corrected the mistake on my blog, but when I phoned the paper late Sunday the editors had left for the night. My bad. It was my first column after a month vacation. Maybe I should have taken a rehab assignment.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

The final book I read on vacation was John Irving’s 1989 novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” I liked it a lot — for a million reasons. I went online and read some reviews which appeared when the book was published. These reviews were highly critical, which surprised me. Have you read the book? What do you think of it?

Hello again

I come back to work tomorrow — Sunday — when I cover the Giants-Dodgers game. It’s a Sunday night game and I wonder whatever happened to weekend day games, you know sunlight  and all that. They also are playing tonight — Saturday night, not Saturday day. The Dodgers must not be so hot. With all the problems the Giants have the Dodgers should have left them in the dust. So far they haven’t done that. I read that Kendall Hunter… Read More »

Some Kindle questions

Here in Vacationland I’ve been reading tons of books, mostly on my new Kindle. The device is good when I’m traveling because it’s easy to pack. I also like that it’s backlit and that I can increase the type size as my sight continues to diminish. So, I like the Kindle although I still love real books more. But one thing puzzles me. There are lots of misprints in the text. I think they are misprints, certainly there are words… Read More »

In praise of the Benbow Inn

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I just returned from five days in Ashland, Oregon at the Shakespeare Festival. What a wonderful town. We go there every year. On the way home, we stopped for two nights at the Benbow Inn in Garberville, a place we’ve been staying at for about 35 years. Have you ever been there, at this lovely “castle” in the redwoods? It was built about 90 years ago, designed by the same architect who designed Jack London’s Wolf… Read More »


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?

Question regarding soccer

Our country’s participation in World Cup was exciting. Soccer is a good game, although I admit I don’t know much about it.  But one thing I don’t understand. Why do sports writers and TV commentators and bloggers keep proselytizing about soccer? After the US got eliminated, I read in the NY Times how we lost but our participation was a victory for soccer in general. I read lots of stuff like that. And the implication seemed to be that we… Read More »

Where’s Lowell?

I’m on vacation for a month. Just about to board a flight from Atlanta back to the Bay Area. I was here for a wedding. I won’t be writing columns for a while but will blog from time to time. It’s more than 80 degrees here and muggy.

Yes, we have no forever stamps

Went to the post office today, the Montclair Branch in the Oakland Hills. Asked the postal clerk for 100 forever stamps. “We don’t have any,” she said. “Say what?” “We don’t have any.” “I’ve never heard of a post office not having stamps.” “I know,” she said, “but we don’t have any.” “Why?” “They haven’t come in.” “Is it just you or is it all post offices?” “Just us.” Well, that’s a relief  

Against banning smokeless tobacco in the bigs

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about smokeless tobacco in the big leagues. The full text runs below: I am against banning smokeless tobacco in the big leagues. Before I get to my reasons, here’s the background. As you know, Tony Gwynn died last week. Gwynn was a gentleman, a good guy, a stand-up guy, a perfect ambassador for baseball and for human beings in general. And he was among the greatest hitters who ever lived. He died… Read More »