- Reno, USA
- Jake Highton is a journalism professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, Nevada.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Author misses grandeur of
November 26, 2013 02:09PM
- Obama like JFK: failed
November 19, 2013 01:40PM
- Top Sparks cop bungler
November 05, 2013 01:47PM
- Outrage over Redskins name
silly political correctness
October 31, 2013 04:03PM
- Hockey needs no mayhem
October 31, 2013 03:54PM
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
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,…
The greatest Christmas gift I ever received was a volume of poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I was 16. The book forever hooked me on poetry. It…
In this weak piping time of peace.
President Obama, the Great Black Hope, has become as shallow and shabby as any white politician. He is a tragic figure.
Cornel West, black intellectual and social critic, laments: “He is a shell of a man. There is no deep conviction. There… Read full post »
Euphemism masks the law. Putin says it “protects children” by banning “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships.” But no one is fooled.
Homophobi/… Read full post »
In Chicago, workers took t/… Read full post »
But those proposals change nothing about the way those crimes are adjudicated. The unit commanders retain the power to decide which cases to try, sele/… Read full post »
The Feds announced that they would no longer sue to block decriminalization of pot in the 20 states and District of Columbia that have legalized it. This is a historic move by a/… Read full post »
The farce of amateurism in collegiate football reached new
heights recently when the Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel
of Texas A & M was suspended for half of a football game, a
game his team was favored to win by 28 points with or without
Manziel’s offense? He signed autograp… Read full post »
King, who le/… Read full post »
But the event was badly blemished by deliberate d/… Read full post »
The owner of the Red Wings is a billionaire who could afford to pay for the arena./… Read full post »
Fifty years after the March on Washington for justice, freedom
and jobs, African-Americans still do not get justice in drug
sentencing, their freedom is curtailed by punitive prison terms and
unemployment remains high.
The disparity in crime and punishment is cruel. Blacks are four times as likel… Read full post »
People magazine had a 10-page spread. Its cover line exulted: “All hail the little prince!” It also breathlessly urged subscribers to read the inter/… Read full post »
Yosemite National Park in
California is one of most wonderful natural sites in America. Yet
it has long been plagued by commercial interests. Those interests
should be scrapped. Commerce mars a sacred place.
But commerce always wins. America’s upside-down values prevail. Moneymaking matte… Read full post »
Unfortunately, this has meant two million dead animals since 2000. Beavers, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes and innumerable birds are in the dea/… Read full post »
Paul Mitchell, a UNR journalism colleague and good friend, told
me a story that I, a white guy, never forgot: he was once followed
by police car in New Jersey for “driving while
Most African-Americans have experienced something similar, something as humiliating and degrading.
As… Read full post »
--Richard Covert, letter to San Francisco Chronicle
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts is a master of Jesuitical opinions: deceptive, mislea…