Writings by Cole Huffman

Test the Spirits

The filmmaker Oliver Stone once said in an interview he didn’t want integrity blocking his creative growth. He wanted the freedom to spin stories as he willed. One of his most famous movies, JFK (1991), presented a conspiratorial version of the Kennedy assassination that is still widely accepted by many viewers. It becomes easier to accept unconventional explanations (“alternative facts”) for tragedies, controversies, and other cultural traumas when you believe you are... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jan 20
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Mistakes Were Made

Mistakes were made.  If you could fish with that line, you’d never stop pulling them from the water, because there is no one who doesn’t make mistakes.  By definition, mistakes are accidental rather than on purpose. Even the Law of Moses had a category for mistakes called “unintentional sins.” To err  is  human. Recently, I read  Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts . In it,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 17
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The Books List 2020

I checked some books out of the Collierville Public Library. Upon return, the librarian told me the books would sit in quarantine for 72 hours. Around the country, some librarians are reporting books returned charred from being microwaved. Some books were bleached. “Novel coronavirus” indeed! I guess reading doesn’t necessarily make you smarter. Nor does the news. Back in September’s newsletter, I quoted from a book I got from the Collierville Library, Alain de... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Nov 16
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