Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

The Ever-Shrinking Buffer Zone

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 horror, to my palate, comes across as fairly muted; it’s harrowing in some parts, gruesome in others, but, […]

Raging Storms

Raging Storms

About a week ago, I sat in my living room on the third story of our apartment building in a quiet suburb of Madison, drinking coffee, watching World Cup highlights and listening to a tornado siren caterwauling. I don’t know whether it was the fact that I’d closed the bar the night before and was […]

Poetry, and Sports, for White People

Poetry, and Sports, for White People

When I entered the MFA program in poetry at Georgia College & State University, the poetry faculty took a two-pronged approach to mentoring me and my fellow graduate students: First, we delved deeper into the classics, dissecting and annotating — line by line, word by word, beat by beat — poems by Keats, Hopkins, Berryman, […]

It’s okay, Georgia

It’s okay, Georgia

Don’t know if you guys heard, but a federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage this past week. It comes as a great relief to us bleeding-heart liberals, because we were frankly pretty baffled as to why state legislatures in such bastions of open-mindedness like Utah, Oklahoma and Idaho were ahead of the […]

Really, Children’s Book Council?

Really, Children’s Book Council?

I was running at a pretty good clip on a treadmill at Supreme Health and Fitness last week when I saw on CNN that Rush Limbaugh had won the Children’s Choice Book Award for Best Children’s Author for his book “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.” The resulting rage-induced blackout is why I have a […]

Serve Each Other First

Serve Each Other First

I’m still young enough with regards to the Wisconsin portion of my life — which, unless the both of us land dream jobs in Portland, Oregon, will soon graduate to “permanent portion” — that I go through some measure of culture shock each time I travel to and from Georgia. I bring this up for […]

Gun, guns everywhere

Gun, guns everywhere

By now, you all probably know that Governor Nathan “Y’all Try Hard not to Make a ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Reference, Y’Hear?” Deal recently signed into legislation the smoke-and-mirrors-named Safe Carry Protection Act, also referred to as the “guns everywhere law” because it allows guns, well, pretty much everywhere: churches, bars, schools, etc. College campuses […]

Simplify

Simplify

When I was younger, in the days during which sentences beginning with “When I grow up, I want to be…” were still excusable — I continue to say that now, then remember that I’m not a child anymore, but merely a lankier-than-thou man-child — I wanted to be a marine biologist. Specifically, I was utterly […]

Back-Pew Hero Worship: The Maidana Constan

It seems — I can’t be bothered, apparently, to check the save dates on my Word documents — that every other column I write with the “Back Pew Hero Worship” tag involves Floyd Mayweather in some form or fashion. In an intensely microcosmic way — by which I mean that I’m so far on the […]

Grumpy old white men

Grumpy old white men

I mentioned in last week’s column — or maybe the week before; time, these days, seems to blend together into one coterminous, I don’t know, Jell-O mold or something — that sometimes a ready made article comes along in the form of a topic or person whose sheer scale of grandiose, comedic absurdity and stupidity […]