Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages: Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Fear no more the frown o’ the great; Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke; Care no more to clothe and eat; To thee the reed is as the oak: The scepter, learning, physic, must All follow this, and come to dust. Fear no… Read More »
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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports
Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I left out a bunch of stuff for a charity — left it on the curb as required. Among the items was a standup telescope and a nice area rug. We donate nice stuff to charity. When I woke up this morning the telescope was gone along with the rug. Everything else still was there. I wondered. Did a neighbor steal the stuff? OK. Or are there people who roam the streets at night looking for… Read More »
As you know I’ve been feeling poorly lately. So I’ve been reading memoirs. Love memoirs. Just finished “Elsewhere” by the fine novelist Richared Russo, a memoir about him and his mother. Wondeful. I also love Philip Roth’s memoir of his dad called “Patrimony,” have read it several times. Can’t get enough of “This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff. But the best ever memoir — at least to me — is “Act One” by Moss Hart. What book.
Contrary to an email that went out this morning, I am not being held hostage in the Philippines. I’ve never been to the Philippines. I am in the Oakland hills getting over my millionth summer cold and my 19th nervous breakdown. Someone hacked into my AOL account. Sorry for the inconvenience. Lowell
Here is a link ot my Friday column. The full text runs below: August colds are the worst. I got this one flying home from Philly and promptly gave it to my wife. So, I’m stuck in the house, too tired to read. When all else fails, I watch baseball. That is the one virtue of an August cold — watching baseball day after day. I watch the Giants and not the A’s because the Giants are in it and… Read More »
Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: OK, class, fold your paper in half and number from one to 10. Here is the setup for today’s pop quiz, which involves two players you know — one is currently in the news. One player is the point guard for a well-known East Bay basketball team. The other player is the quarterback for a well-known South Bay football team. In each of the following 10 examples… Read More »
Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Caitlyn Jenner. The full text runs below: Bruce Jenner stood there unable to speak. Unable to explain. It was 1975, a year before Bruce won the Olympic decathlon in Montreal, but track fans already knew he was the best decathlete in the world, the best athlete on the planet. I was interviewing Bruce in his tiny apartment in San Jose overlooking the track at San Jose City College. Bruce could have… Read More »
Sometimes reality slams you in the face. When I went to Lafayette College in the 1960s I longed to eat at the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Pennsylvania. It’s in a gorgeous old building on the Delaware River, and I used to drive past it on my way to Philly. I never could afford to eat at the Black Bass but told myself I would some day when I was grown up and had money. Last week, I was visiting… Read More »
Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I watch British mysteries on KQED and KQED plus. I notice the characters use words I don’t know, often as put-downs of people. Here is a partial list. Can you can give me the meanings? I’m not even sure I’m spelling them right. A punter. A tosser. A wanker. A sod. Can you think of others? I write my first post-vacation column Monday for Tuesday.
The A’s traded pitcher Scott Kazmir today. They are giving up on this season and, as usual, preparing for a future that never will come. They have no idea of keeping players and building a team like the Giants who recently won 3 world series. Just disgusting what the A’s have become.