Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


The MacGregor Playbook

The MacGregor Playbook

Last Saturday night, Connor MacGregor won a narrow but fairly decisive victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The fight was a rematch from several months earlier, wherein Diaz, who took the fight on just two weeks’ notice, choked MacGregor out in the second round to hand the Irishman his first, and thus far only, […]

Running to Stand Still

Running to Stand Still

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this column Josh Ruffin wrote in 2015. Talk about an appropriate headline!   I’m doing my best to focus. I know I should be covering and dismantling whatever nonsense the GOP candidates are saying right now — speaking of, go and read Hillary Clinton’s response to Mitch McConnell saying that she’s […]

Stop. Listen.

Stop. Listen.

I’m writing this from the lobby bar of a hotel in Amsterdam, a bottle deep in Sauvignon Blanc. I’m trying to make sense of my first three days here — what I’ve seen, what I’ve done and how it relates to what is going on back home. The disconnect is real; I’m seven hours ahead of most of […]

Get Out While You Still Can

Get Out While You Still Can

It would only be in the interest of word-padding for me to rehash the saga surrounding Republican presidential nominee and Devil Muppet Donald Trump and the family of Kzir and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American solider killed in the line of duty. You can go to other sites for that, for one […]

Rally or Die

Rally or Die

I’m not old. Not that old, anyway. Like, I remember acid-wash jeans, Donna Lewis and Snackwell’s, pretty much. So when I preface a statement with the phase, “In every election I can remember participating in…” please understand two things: that ending sentences with a preposition is completely fine now, dick, and I’m speaking with the […]

Rip-Off

Rip-Off

I’m writing this on a Tuesday morning, which means that by the time it goes to press, it will be Wednesday, a day and a half removed from the clown car pile-up that was the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Internet publishing provides a number of boons — immediacy being the primary […]

Party Unity?

Party Unity?

With Bernie Sanders’ on-air, in-front-of-people, no take-backsies endorsement of long-presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, we can all rest assured in knowing that the long national nightmare that has been this campaign season is about to come to an end, just in time for all of us to be dead because we all hate each other. […]

Of Course He’s From Florida

Of Course He’s From Florida

I was prepared to sit down and write a column about the general limp-dickedness of the GOP-led Congress that just voted down a series of gun control measures in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. And I still could. I could point out that one of the measures sought to […]

Things Don’t Change

Things Don’t Change

Please enjoy, if you can call how depressingly unchanged the world is, this Josh Ruffin column from 2012.   In 1967, literary critic Al Alvarez interviewed maniac poet and Received Pronunciation enthusiast John Berryman in Dublin, during the latter’s Guggenheim-funded sabbatical there. Berryman was, incidentally, using the time to write the “His Toy, His Dream, […]

Orlando

Orlando

It has taken a depressingly, predictably short time for the Orlando shooting to devolve into a petty political squabble that is equal part semantics and pissing contest involving three of the four most currently prominent political figures. Not long after responding to the tragedy by way of self-congratulations, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump blasted […]