Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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, […]

Both Sides Culpable, Both Are Suffering

Both Sides Culpable, Both Are Suffering

Considering the bevy of high-profile cop-on-black violent incidents — and, in turn, the retaliatory black-on-cop incidents, like the one we saw in New York — and the fact that Hillary Clinton, come hell, high water, or worse, is bound and determined to make both this epidemic and economic disparity (truly the root cause of all […]

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; […]