Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

Prince and I Feel the Same Way About the Grammys

Prince and I Feel the Same Way About the Grammys

Watching the Grammy Awards is always an interesting experience for me. I say “interesting” because the truth is that it falls somewhere between “enlightening” and “confounding,” and I’m not certain there’s a single adjective in any language besides Everyday Dog that aptly captures that feeling. See, I don’t listen to a lot of mainstream pop; […]

About That Beer Commercial

About That Beer Commercial

Hey, did you guys watch the Super Bowl? Yeah, me neither. It’s not that I’m anti-sports or anti-violent-sports — I mean, jeez, my go-to topic when I’m hard up for a column idea is a haphazard philosophical dissection of face-punching — but I just find it so damn difficult to care about the game, for […]

The Plot Twist No One Saw Coming

The Plot Twist No One Saw Coming

It was around the 15-second mark of the UFC on Fox main event between Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustaffson that the narrative began to change — if that’s too ominous or definitive, then let’s say that a glint of alternate reality began to slip through into our universe. At about that time, Johnson landed a […]

#Hashtag

#Hashtag

We are told — in elementary school science classes, in college philosophy seminars, by “Big Bang Theory” writers just after their mid-morning tweak — that, for every reaction, there is an equal yet opposite reaction. The natural world, at least at the atomic level and above, seems to back this up: our universe is a […]