Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


The value, and power, of obsession

The value, and power, of obsession

Okay, time to wrap it up. For this next and last installment of “Josh Geeks Out Over Horror Films Just Because It’s Halloween,” I’m tackling the awkward, gothic, endearingly kitschy “The Ninth Gate,” a film that answers the question: What happens when a temperamental man-child actor has an off-screen tiff with a pedophilic genius? Johnny […]

A Meditation on the Grieving Process

A Meditation on the Grieving Process

When I first watched “Don’t Look Now,” I was in the midst of a singular period in my life. About two thirds of the way through graduate school, I was respected by my students and my professors alike, had a little money and had managed to wrangle a few publications onto my curriculum vitae. With […]

The Greatest Horror of All

The Greatest Horror of All

When I was a kid — not just a grown man with the mind of a kid — some production company who I really hope is out of business by this point would advertise, on TV and during daylight hours, VHS tapes that were nothing more than animals attacking and killing other animals. Granted, none […]

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

Fair warning: I love horror movies. No matter what time of year it is, if I’m flipping channels, I will come to a full stop on whichever one might be playing, no matter the channel, and certainly no matter the quality or subject matter of the film. I’m excluding the “Twilight” franchise here, for reasons […]

Science!

Science!

You’ll forgive me if this column seems a little scattered — yeah, even more so than usual, which is, okay, kind of inexcusable. I ran 18 miles yesterday, which lots of people do every day, for some reason, but it was my first time, and so now each individual part of my body is telling […]

It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

We have a very complicated relationship with sports. There are whole books, dissertations and conference talks dedicated to this, but it remains difficult to pinpoint exactly what about the viewing of sports is so titillating to the average American. Is it a simple case of projection, of vicarious experience? A medium that teems with fodder […]

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Have you heard of Andrei Arlovski? Arguably the baddest-ass of all mixed martial artists with the nickname “Pitbull,” Arlovski won the UFC heavyweight title right around the time I was getting into sport. A former World Youth Combat Sambo champion and World Cup silver medalist — combat sambo, for the uninitiated or apathetic, is kind […]

Support taste. Drink craft. Save the Earth.

Support taste. Drink craft. Save the Earth.

From the outset, I want to make clear that I wish we didn’t have to live in a world with Super PACs. Though their existence has given us, peripherally and unintentionally, a gem here and there — Stephen Colbert’s PAC, for example, which was created, funded and dissected on his television show solely to illustrate […]

The looming tragedy of AQR

The looming tragedy of AQR

About an hour before I sat down tonight, I had a whole Ferguson-related column planned out that was going to be, hopefully, better than the last one I did. The catalyst: protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are now using the chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as their rallying cry. Depressingly, infuriatingly and predictably, there are now […]