Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Musings

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To Regret or Not to Regret

To make a regret, take a pound of mistaken notions. Thaw at room temperature then season to taste. Bake on high heat. Remove the dish without oven mitts. Get treatment for your burns. If revenge is the dish best served cold, regret is the experience of feeling you burned yourself but didn’t have to. Tattoo mistakes become Internet memes, and one is particularly karmic: “NO REGERTS” etched on some hapless forearm. Regret is an inky thing in its own way, indelible to... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 7

Face Time

One of my favorite Joseph Epstein essays is called “Narcissus Leaves the Pool.” “Emerging from the shower, I stand naked in front of my bathroom mirror. This, let the truth be told, is not an altogether enrapturing sight. (Had he grown well into middle age, Narcissus himself would surely have spent a lot less time gazing into the pool.) Contemplating myself, I feel a brief wave of pity for my wife who, night after night, has to sleep next to this body; I, more fortunate soul,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 5

Less Valuing of My Opinionating

Are there times when one shouldn’t share his opinion? Yes, of course. You think your aunt is hyperemotional, and you can’t stand that in a person. Fine, but leave her to it at your uncle’s funeral. Neither she nor any attender that day needs your fulmination on overreaction. Let’s press the opening question further. Are there subjects where I have no right to an opinion? The old bromide about everyone having a right to their opinion is still held by most Americans, I expect. This... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 19