Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Women in Film

Women in Film

In the wake of an ACLU investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood hiring practices — not to mention entering, as we are, into the summer blockbuster season — it seems only fair and relevant to run down a list of both known and less-known female directors. And really, it’s not just a matter of awareness; […]

It’s That Time Again

It’s That Time Again

The onset of election season is a time of conflict for me. On the one hand, every fiber of my being, every firing synapse in my brain — from the lizard to the intellectual — instinctively recoils from the unstaunched flow of press coverage like Ted Nugent in a Birkenstock outlet. On the other hand, […]

Baltimore

Baltimore

Writing this column during such a week is difficult. On the one hand, I know full well what’s happening in Baltimore; on the other hand, I only found out about it last night while I was at the gym… after a 10-hour shift at work, before making dinner and then going right to bed because […]

Chavez and Predictability

Chavez and Predictability

There is, I think, considerable comfort in a situation playing out exactly how you thought it always might. So much of our world, so much of our lives, inhabit a bogged-down gray area, rendered stagnant by virtue of so many moving parts, so many x-factors and contingencies, that it’s something of an existential relief to […]

Can I Serve You a Drink?

Can I Serve You a Drink?

Every now and again, I like to remind readers — and myself — that I actually used to live in Augusta. It was not what I’d call recently, and the version of me that lived there then could have barely been called the beta to the full release that is present me, but still, it’s […]

Cruz Control

Cruz Control

As I write this, it is 28 degrees here in Madison, Wisconsin, and three to four inches of snow blanket the ground from here on outward to Fitchburg and Spring Green. It’s a weather report — and sentiment — that might be applicable here at least 75 percent of the year, but this latest snowfall […]

Just Ignore the Class War

Just Ignore the Class War

The recent shooting of Tony Robinson here in Madison hit close to home, literally. I live less than six miles from Williamson Street where the incident took place; my wife’s parents, less than three. I’ve been over to that side of town many, many times: to go shopping at the co-op, to eat dinner at […]

The Fight

The Fight

Let me admit from the outset that this is kind of awkward timing for a piece centered on the recently announced Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight. The bout was, after all, made official less than two weeks ago, and won’t be upon us until May 2, nearly two months out. By running this column right now, […]

Confrontation

Confrontation

Some of you might be surprised to learn that this isn’t the only publication I write for. Not because you’re impressed, I don’t think, with my studious vigilance where freelancing is concerned, but because some rag other than the Metro Spirit would actually pay me to finger-vomit 700-word ramblings every Tuesday morning. I’m grateful — […]

Requiem

Requiem

Because I’m lazy and kind of an idiot, I thought about churning out another tired post-Academy Awards column this week. And, seeing as how I’m certainly not above sentencing low-hanging fruit to death by katana — to the best of my recollection, one year’s Oscar fallout column dealt exclusively with how much of a f***ing […]