Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

Hurricane’s smallest victory

Hurricane’s smallest victory

I didn’t wake up this morning intending to write about the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Truth be told, I didn’t wake up this morning “intending” to write about anything; more often than not, if you haven’t noticed, this column tends to be made up of whatever hovers into my field of consciousness at a […]

The Three Most Insane Moments at the Midwest Horse Fair Rodeo

The Three Most Insane Moments at the Midwest Horse Fair Rodeo

As much as I play at cosmopolitanism and encourage people to step outside their comfort zones, I admit I tend to play it pretty safe. At this point, after all, my weekly routine is fairly set, and is generally comprised of some combination of work, gym, beer, writing and sushi. We’re all, of course, guilty […]