Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty Member Jaed Coffin's Essay Featured on Jezebel and Nautilus

Illustration by Rachel Jablonski

Faculty member Jaed Coffin's essay "Justin Timberlake and the Whoever of Whatever" was picked up by Jezebel and was published in Nautilus

Here is an excerpt from the essay: 

About six years ago, I was putting a new roof on a 200-year-old house on an island in Maine when I got a call from Justin Timberlake’s cousin and assistant, a girl named Melissa. I put down my nail gun, told my boss I was taking five, and answered.

I had met Melissa the previous winter, through my best buddy, Antonio. While playing minor league baseball in Southern California, Antonio had started dating Melissa during an offseason he spent in Hollywood. Around Christmas of that year, Antonio sent me pictures of him and Melissa on vacation in Aspen. In several of the photos—riding chairlifts, drinking champagne in hot tubs, making silly faces in the backseat of an SUV—were two people that Antonio now referred to as “Cameron” and “Justin”—as in Diaz, as in Timberlake. Antonio’s connection to such famous people soon became the hot gossip of our hometown, but I, as his best friend, was the first to declare that I could care less. I was 27 at the time, living at home, and working construction while trying to finish my first book—a memoir about the summer I spent as a monk in my mother’s village in Thailand. Hot-tubbing with pop-stars in Aspen was not the eternal stuff of literature.

The full work can be read at Jezebel or Nautilus.

ILLUSTRATION BY RACHEL JABLONSKI