- Reno, USA
- January 01
- Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Stalinesque Putin’s Mafia
February 25, 2014 01:16PM
- From pro football to the Post
February 17, 2014 02:51PM
- Atheists lack representation
in media panels
February 10, 2014 06:03PM
- NSA surveillance unchecked
January 21, 2014 05:55PM
- Enduring occupation
January 21, 2014 05:54PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Dear Ms. Sneed: Your
comment about "I am a Jew"
November 28, 2010 01:58PM
- “To Lainey: which is
nonrestrictive, that is
November 23, 2010 01:52PM
- “To Peter Winkler: Follow
Strunk-White 95 percent of the
Don't follow S/W
November 22, 2010 05:50PM
- “Dear Professor
are absolutely correct.
Instead of saying
November 17, 2010 02:21PM
- “Sean: The Mainstream
Media is more than half of
what is wrong
April 06, 2010 12:03PM
Jake Highton's Links
President Vladimir Putin was elected three times but is still dictatorial. Putin personifies the worst aspects of centuries of harsh Russian rule: totalitarian regimes marked by censorship, arbitrary imprisonment, jailed demonstrato… Read full post »
Pro football never seems to grow up
Michael Sam, a gay All-American defensive end on the University of Missouri football team, is good enough to be a pro now rather than finish college next season as he plans.
But grossly ignorant NFL executives anonymously expressed fear… Read full post »
Like similar sections in many publications across the nation, the Reno Gazette-Journal's Faith Forum appearing every Sunday is missing one important panelist: an atheist.
Atheism is also a faith, a deeply held and passionate view that the notion of God is an absurdity. The atheist’s truth is… Read full post »
&nbs… Read full post »
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan is yet another U.S. euphemism to justify an endless war.
Obama says he will pull all troops out of Afghanistan this year but keep some bases, some troops, some military contractors and exempt U.S. personnel from civil and criminal courts. Some… Read full post »
Saudi Arabia, the most oppressive dictatorship in the world, beheads people and discriminates against women. But human nature cannot be suppressed. The Saudi women are fighting back.
The monarchy bans women from driving but a few are driving anyway. Moreover,… Read full post »
It is obvious that the link between advertising and the media undermines a free press.
The latest example is the case of Dick Metcalf, one of the nation’s top gun journalists. His articles have been dropped by Guns & Ammo magazine and his TV show folded.
His crime?… Read full post »
--Francis Bacon in a letter to Lord Burleigh, 1592
Bacon’s wisdom is an essential intellectual pursuit.
I have immersed myself in literature: novelists, playwrights, short story writers and poets. I have gazed at some of the great art, including… Read full post »
Before the year ends, let us pause to honor the one hundredth anniversary of “The Rite of Spring,” Igor Stravinsky ballet that premiered in Paris in 1913. To me it still sounds amazingly modern. Imagine what it sounded like to listeners then!
That audience, used to the grace and el… Read full post »
“Grand Illusion,” a 1937 film directed by Jean Renoir, is one of my favorite yesteryear movies. I watch it once every year or so from my video collection. The film contains a scene near the end that is one of the most affecting in all cinema.… Read full post »
Sure it’s fiction, but stirring fiction. Poets are not historians.
In the John Greenleaf Whittier poem entitled “Barbara Frietchie,” General Stonewall Jackson is leading his Confederate troops through Frederick, Md., in September 1862. A defiant 90-year-old Pennsylvania Dutc… Read full post »
A new biography of jazz colossus Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout notes that Ellington had many flaws, “from his relentless womanizing to his penchant for hogging credit from his collaborators.”
I know nothing about that. But I do know Ellington and his band “preached” the… Read full post »
One of the
great lines in literature appears in the Tennessee Williams play,
“A Streetcar Named Desire.” Blanche DuBois, who has
just been kissed, says with sudden happiness: “Sometimes
This line occurred to me recently when informed that surgeons had su… Read full post »
Sports news is more and more leaping from inside sections to front pages.
The latest example is bullying, hazing and fraternity hijinks in locker rooms, behavior more suitable to school boys than professional athletes. Coaches of any sport at any level should not tolerate such antics.
Richie… Read full post »
President Obama seldom does anything right but when he does he is buffeted by Congress, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The “right thing”: Obama secured a groundbreaking interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. Opposition was swift and predictable.
The usually liberal Sen. Charles… Read full post »
Many Americans are demanding the close of Guantánamo as they should. But relatively few are clamoring to shut down the infamous U.S. Army School of the Americas at Ft. Benning in Georgia.
The school trains Latin American officers and soldiers in the dark art of assassination. It produc… Read full post »
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling
By Ross King
Penguin, 318 pages, 2003
Biographer Ross King did the almost impossible: write a bad book about Michelangelo, history’s greatest artist.
King recalls every obscure artist of the era, their character, hometown, who they were apprenti… Read full post »
-- “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” by Oscar WildeThe presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama have some striking parallels: soaring rhetoric, Hope with a capital H and King Arthur’s Camelot… Read full post »
"The constable has blundered."--Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo in 1961 (Mapp v. Ohio)
The annals of U.S. crime are full of miscarriages of justice and mistakes by police officers.
Innocent men accused of murder have been hanged. Other men have been wrongly convicted of rape and… Read full post »
Sports columnists and TV commentators, wanting to show righteous rage over anti-racism, are howling over the nickname of Washington’s National Football League team.
But the nickname, Redskins, is hardly a pejorative like racist names of yesteryear: “spic,” “wop,” &ldqu… Read full post »
Hockey is a game of skill. It should ban fighting and body checking. They are mayhems, not skills.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently confirmed what has long been obvious: hockey causes brain trauma and concussions, marring an exciting game.
Two National Hockey League pla… Read full post »
The American League is at a disadvantage in the World Series because of its policy of having a designated hitter. The National League has no DH.
In the World Series just completed, three of the games were played in the St. Louis Cardinals’ ballpark. In those games the Boston… Read full post »
The best laid schemes o’ mice and men / Gang aft agley.--"To a Mouse" by Robert Burns
Warning to folks flying in and out of Reno or elsewhere: avoid United Airlines:
This may not be possible since United has a quasi-monopoly on flights to and from… Read full post »
De mortuis nil nisi bonum (speak no ill of the dead) is a Latin expression invariably observed in local newspaper obituaries. But this decorum was shattered by a paid obit recently in the Reno Gazette-Journal: a family advertisement applauded the death of the family’s mother.
To my knowledge… Read full post »
By Victor Navasky
Alfred Knopf, 200 pages, 2013
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of truth.
This book is barely worth publishing but Victor Navasky is “somebody,” editor,…