Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Humor

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
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Evangelicalville: An Inside the Loop Satire

Rachel was weeping for one of her children. She refused to be comforted, for he was a citizen of Evangelicalville no more. Dave sat beside her on the couch remembering what he’d learned from the men’s conference about Level 4 Communication—or did he learn it from Hootie and the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View album? Let her cry. What godly men do “when your wife gets upset like that” is try not to fix it. Did she really hear their sixteen-year-old son say “I feel like I’m... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 27
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The Miles to Full

We visited a lot of places in June, including an unplanned stop in New Effington, South Dakota. According to the town’s website: “New Effington, [ sic .] is a small, quiet little community of BIG hearted, dependable people.” Amen to that. I’m surprised such a tiny hamlet has a web address. I’m not surprised by the extra comma loitering in its opening sentence. From a small town myself, I had to move to the city to become what Lynne Truss calls a “punctuation vigilante.” In... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 22
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