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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

The kitchen faucet and me

We redid our kitchen, the whole, thing last summer. Already the hood over the cooktop went out. FYI, it’s a Kitchen Aid and it cost big bucks. It was on warranty so we got it replaced for free.  The repairman showed us the internal fan was made of plastic and didn’t hold up. The replacement cooktop also has a replacement fan of plastic. Are you kidding me? The repairman said the new one will go out too. Over the weekend… Read More »

Lowell’s first Kindle

For Father’s Day Mrs. Cohn Zohn bought me a Kindle Paperwhite. This is my first ever Kindle. I never have read a book on Kindle although I read all the time. I have stuck with books because I love them, love the  feel, love the smell. Love paper. My temperatment is conservative and I hold onto the past. I have lots of books and walk by my bookshelf and look and linger. Still, I’m ready to try reading books on… Read More »

Why Derek Jeter is important

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Derek Jeter. The full text runs below: The A’s are presenting a Derek Jeter tribute today, as they should. This is the last time Jeter will play in Oakland unless the A’s and Yankees meet in the playoffs. He turns 40 in a few weeks and he is retiring after this season and he’s on a farewell tour — just like Mariano Rivera last season. Every team the Yankees play should… Read More »