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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

few and far between

I’ve been thinking about the phrase “few and far between.” I think I understand it. I could say — there are gas stations in the desert, but they are few and far between. What if I reverse the phrase to “far and few between?” Could I say — there are gas stations in the desert but they are far and few between? Does it mean the same as the first phrase or is it nonsense?

Top 5 sports figures in Bay Area

Here is a link to my Tuesday column. The full text runs below: Who are the five most interesting sports figures currently in the Bay Area? By interesting I mean someone you could take out of his context and put in a novel, and you’d stay up all night reading about him. Think a Dostoyevsky novel. Al Davis fit this definition. By interesting I don’t mean nice people. Nice people are often boring. I am talking about fascinating people, people… Read More »

On bad sleeping

When I was a kid, my dad told me he didn’t sleep so well. I didn’t really know what he was talking about. Now I do. I’m up several times a night. My left sides hurts. I think about things. It never used to be this way. If you are in my generation, do you experience the same stuff? What do you do about it?

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 »