Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Running to Stand Still

Running to Stand Still

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 “playing the gender card;” it’s glorious — but, at least for these couple of weeks, I just […]

The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

Josh Ruffin is off for the week, so please enjoy one of his columns for last July.   After about 15 years’ procrastination, I’m finally reading “The Stand.” I’m not sure why I resisted actually tackling the book for so long. Its length doesn’t bother me; I’ve read denser stuff in graduate school. Likewise, the […]

Wounds

Wounds

I have only vague memories of my own desires before the age of 14. These, largely, are my assumptions: that I wanted little more than to play video games, watch baseball and drink blue Kool Aid. There was also something ephemeral involving girls, but I didn’t — and, to a greater extent that I’d like […]

Give It a Rest, Netzhammer

Give It a Rest, Netzhammer

You know, the only silver lining regarding this resurgent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag is that, as more idiots keep doing more idiot things, it’s one more week that I don’t have to start writing about the 2016 presidential election. And though the appearance of Donald Trump effigy piñatas popping up all across Latin America […]

Correcting Course

Correcting Course

While it would be disingenuous to say that the South Carolina legislature’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from their courthouse is causing more problems than it’s solving — history has been on the side of this decision even long before it was made — it might be fair to say that the situation is […]

Death, Death and More Death

Death, Death and More Death

Living in Wisconsin, I think we feel a certain kinship to the characters of “Game of Thrones,” and I’m not just talking about the rampant incest and blood magic. “Winter is coming” is a both a major tagline for the show and also our justification for drinking more and buying comically gigantic tires for our […]

The Sanders Conundrum

The Sanders Conundrum

I’m generally not one for taking internet questionnaires that don’t tell me which Hogwarts house I’d be in or which Game of Thrones character I most resemble (the one, for the record, who commits the least amount of rape). The more serious ones, that utilize actual meta-data and statistics, can be disconcertingly enlightening; if I […]

Symbols

Symbols

Sometimes I’m judgmental. Wait, full disclosure: I’m always judgmental, but, because most of the jobs I’ve had in my life require me to speak in front of strangers every day, I’ve learned to leave at least a couple shreds of the social contract in place, and only to go full-on Dark Phoenix when I encounter […]

Too Far, Ritzheimer. Way Too Far.

Too Far, Ritzheimer. Way Too Far.

Only having to write this column once a week is kind of a double-edged sword: on the one hand, I… well, I only have to write it once a week, which gives me leave to pursue my other passions (namely, running and Survivor). On the other hand, sometimes I catch wind of a news story […]

Weekend Wrap Up

Weekend Wrap Up

The one main detriment of participating in endurance sports — I mean, besides the twitchy leg cramps and hilariously obvious gastrointestinal distress mid-race — is that once you’ve completed a race, you kind of feel like that’s all you’re obligated to do over the weekend. You tell yourself to relax in the lead-up to it, […]