Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! My Kneecap! Ow!

Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! My Kneecap! Ow!

Hey y’all. Is it Christmas? Do I get to compile my Top 10 Best Christmas Movies to Watch While You Drizzle Bitters on Your Eyeballs yet? Spoiler alert: entries 1-10 are “The Santa Clause 2.” No? Fine. Let’s talk about leglocks. Hard as it is to believe, there are other mixed martial arts organizations besides […]

Back Pew Hero Worship

Back Pew Hero Worship

Going into UFC 181 this past Saturday night, there were storylines and high drama galore embedded in the matchmaking. The main event saw a welterweight title rematch between champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, a hard-hitting former journeyman on his second, implausible stint with the UFC. The co-main featured newly healthy lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, […]

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Last week we had the first true snowfall of winter (equinoxes be damned, it’s 20 degrees in the sunlight, that’s winter) here in Madison. Depending on the conditions of your particular workplace, it also may have happened completely sight unseen. When I got to work yesterday morning, it was overcast, a little drizzly, cold: just […]

Reflections on a Marathon

Reflections on a Marathon

The first cramp hit my calf around mile 22. I was running, still at a fairly good clip and on pace to finish this damn thing in three and a half hours, i.e. my best case scenario goal time. I read somewhere that it was a good idea for endurance athletes — a term I […]

Back-Pew Hero Worship: House of Worship

Back-Pew Hero Worship: House of Worship

The past week has been an embarrassment of riches for fight fans like me. Not only did we get to witness a truly legitimate, truly history-making fight in Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev — Kovalev won by a wide unanimous decision — but were also treated to a rare weekend triple-header of mixed martial arts: […]

This Addiction

This Addiction

Recently, I unearthed a good-sized pile of old CDs from during my album-reviewing days for the Metro Spirit and before. They were in a cardboard box that, I assume, we lugged up to our apartment when we moved in here this past May, assumed that something redeemable or useful would eventually make itself known, and […]

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 […]