Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

Change

Change

I wrote a while back, as did may other bloggers and journalists looking for click bait or an easy assignment, about how, if the GOP held out any hope of maintaining, let alone expanding, their influence after the 2016 election, it was imperative that they regroup and evolve. No mere rebranding is going to suffice. […]

Measure of Greatness

Measure of Greatness

If you’re a regular reader of this column — nobody does Sudoku anymore and you’ve got to have something to do while you poop — then you might assume that I only think about two things: politics and combat sports. It’s the reason why most of these articles are deliberate, sometimes misguided, attempts to superimpose […]

Fighting and Politics

Fighting and Politics

This past weekend, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out Amir Khan in the fifth round of their pseudo-middleweight championship fight. I say “pseudo” for two reasons: 1) Alvarez has rarely defended his middleweight title at the actual limit of 160 pounds, opting instead to use his considerable drawing power and subsequent negotiating muscle to mandate catch […]

Beer Etiquette

Beer Etiquette

It’s Craft Beer Week here in Madison, Wisconsin, and I help run a very popular craft beer bar close to the downtown area. Ironically, I probably drink way less during this week than any other week out of the year, because when you’re surrounded 24/7 by something that you love, you tend to resent anything […]

Celebrity Influence

Celebrity Influence

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the Public Securities and Private Facility Act that North Carolina recently signed into law. Colloquially referred to as the “bathroom law,” it essentially mandates that a person must use the public restroom corresponding to the designated gender on their birth certificate. For most of us, that’s just reinforcing […]

Reckoning

Reckoning

It’s not like the vast majority of these columns aren’t self-indulgent. My creative process for this thing typically goes something like: Wake up on Tuesday. Drink stupid amount of coffee. Finger-vomit onto computer. Collect monthly entertainment bill. This one, however, is going to be particularly so, as I’m facing an existential mini-crisis and, like all […]

Not Feeling the Bern

Not Feeling the Bern

There are a lot of things people assume about me, based on my status as a white, liberal, Anglo-Saxon male in his early 30s living in the bastion of left-wing hippiedom that is Madison, WI. And, to be fair, most of it is true. I listen to NPR (but only when Spotify isn’t working, and […]